Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship

The Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship established in William James College’s (WJC) Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health (CMGMH) reflects WJC’s commitment to promoting social justice and addressing mental health disparities among disenfranchised populations in the U.S. The highly competitive scholarship, which covers 2/3 of tuition costs, recognizes the achievements and promise of students, committed to pursuing Master’s (MA), Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies (CAGS) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees at WJC. Applicants will be evaluated based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership, and financial need. The scholarship is renewable annually, subject to awardees continued satisfactory academic progress, fulfillment of responsibilities (described below), and demonstrated financial needs.

The broad, long-term objectives for the scholarship are:

  1. To recruit students committed to pursuing careers in which they provide culturally informed mental health and/or organizational wellness services to historically underserved communities and groups (e.g., rural communities, immigrants/refugees, racial/ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, trauma-exposed children, disabled individuals).
  2. To increase diversity at William James College.
  3. To provide financial support to enable students to complete their graduate degree programs.


  • Admission to and fall enrollment in a MA, CAGS, or PsyD degree program at William James College.
  • Full-time matriculation at William James College.
  • Good academic standing.
  • Demonstration of financial need (students must submit FAFSA to the Financial Aid office).
  • U.S. legal residency.
  • Detailed long-standing evidence of exceptional and innovative advocacy of historically underserved communities and groups (indicated in curriculum vitae and/or recommendation letters). Please Note: To be competitive applicants should have 1-2 years of service to underserved groups, social/civil activism, community service, and/or leadership activities.

*Although not a requirement for the scholarship, priority will be given to applicants who intend to enroll in a concentration or area of emphasis, such as those listed below, that provides opportunities to receive specialized courses, training, and supervision specifically designed to address the needs of underserved groups.

  • College-Wide Concentrations: African & Caribbean Mental Health; Global Mental Health; Latino Mental Health
  • Counseling Emphases: Couples & Family Therapy; Forensic & Correctional Counseling
  • Clinical Psychology Concentrations: Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience; Forensic Psychology 
  • School Psychology Concentration: Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit a  scholarship application form and an essay (500 words) addressing:

  • Concepts of privilege and oppression and how applicants’ own experiences with both phenomena have influenced their identities, values, and biases. Applicants must indicate how these concepts influence their commitment to reducing mental health and workplace disparities, and to providing culturally responsive advocacy and services to historically underserved communities and marginalized groups.
  • E-mail the completed form and essay to Use a subject line that reads “Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarship – CMGMH [Applicant's Name].”

Selection Process

The Admissions Office will recommend competitive applications to a selection committee responsible for selecting scholarship recipients.

Student Responsibilities

  • Maintain good academic standing at William James College
  • Appointment as a Fellow in the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health (CMGMH), which includes the following tasks:
    • Professional role modeling and mentorship of students in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services Completion Program at William James College
    • Attendance at least one CMGMH event per semester
  • Participation in activities including:
    • Attendance at William James College health fairs, open houses, community events, etc.
    • Representation at William James College fundraisers (e.g., Gala)
    • Contact for prospective students
  • Conference presentations/poster presentations

Scholarship Timeline

Your scholarship application/essay must be received by the Office of Admissions and your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted on or before the submission date of your application for admission.

Counseling and School Psychology applicants encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

African & Caribbean Mental Health College-Wide Concentration

African & Caribbean Mental Health

Global Mental Health College-Wide Concentration

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Latino Mental Health College-Wide Concentration

Latino Mental Health Program