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Alicia Quayson is the 2016 AMHCA Foundation Travel Scholarship winner. The $1,000 award is designed to assist graduate students with the travel costs of attending the AMHCA conference which is being held in New Orleans in July 2016.

Alicia will begin her third year of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's proram at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ this fall.  She earned her Bachelor's degree from Rider University in Psychology and Spanish and minored in Criminal Justice.  Alicia is committed to working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.  She is currently an intern at the Township of Ocean, Department of Human services where she works with children, adolescents, and adults in various mental health issues and to overcome life challenges.  While there, she has been able to enhance her Spanish-speaking ability to work clinically with Hispanic and Latino clients.  Alicia plans to work closely with community institutions to build programs that bring awareness to the prevailing issues that particularly effect ethnic minorities and explore possible solutions.  She has joined Dr. Richard Ponton in research on counselor values and ethical decision making.  She is also an editorial assistant for the Journal of Mental Health Counseling.  She is President of Chi Sigma Iota, Gamma Chi Chapter, a NBCC Minority Master's Mental Health Fellow, a member of ACA, and a proud student member of AMHCA.   

Hannah E. Acquaye is the winner of the 2016 AMHCA Foundation Dissertation Research Award.  Her dissertation examines the effect of trauma, religious commitment, and optimism on posttraumatic growth in adult Liberian former refugees and internally displaced persons.  The $1,000 award is designed to assist doctoral student in accredited counseling programs with dissertation research costs.

She is a third-year doctoral candidate in University of Central Florida's Counselor Education program.  Hannah came into the PhD program from Ghana, West Africa, where she obtained both her bachelor's and master's degrees.  Due to her prolonged interaction with adolescents from warring countries in West Africa, she gained an interest in psychotherapeutic interventions for victims of war, school counselor skills for at-risk-youth, and group therapy for trauma survivors. 

2016 AMHCA Foundation Travel Scholarship Winner
Alicia A. Quayson

2016 AMHCA Foundation Dissertation Research Award
Winner - Hannah E. Acquaye

Dissertation Research Award

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017, 5 p.m. EST

The AMHCA Foundation sponsors a competition for a dissertation research award. The purpose of the Dissertation Research Scholarship program is to assist mental health doctoral students in an accredited counseling program with research costs. The current program includes one grant of $1000 to a student whose dissertation research reflects excellence in Mental Health counseling and furthers our knowledge of mental health counseling.

The funds may be used for direct research expenses (e.g., computer time, equipment, participant fees and incentives), software and/or conference travel; it may not be used for tuition, fees or personal expenses.

Applicants must be graduate students in an accredited counseling program in good standing with their university, at a regionally accredited university or college located in the United States. Applicants must be enrolled in school or working on their dissertation research. 

Applicants must be a regular or student member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Students who are not affiliates must apply for affiliation when submitting materials for the Dissertation Research Award. All materials must be received by the AMHCA in a single, complete package.

Applicants must have had their dissertation proposals approved by their dissertation committees prior to application.

Applicants who have already defended their dissertations are eligible to apply for these funds, as long as they have not yet received a doctoral degree as of the application deadline.

Applicants must submit a recommendation from their dissertation chair.

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The AMHCA Foundation promotes the development of graduate students in clinical mental health counseling through scholarships and awards. The Student Travel Award Scholarship recognizes an outstanding graduate student in this field and awards a $1000 travel grant to attend the 2017 AMHCA Annual Conference in Washington, DC from July 27-29, 2017.

Any graduate student enrolled in an accredited counseling program is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants must complete the application form and submit the supporting materials, which include an essay, a curriculum vita, and a letter of recommendation from a program faculty member. 

The award winner must register for and attend the 2017 AMHCA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers any travel or conference-related expenses including registration, airfare/mileage, lodging and food.

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Travel Scholarship Award

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017, 5 p.m. EST

The AMHCA Foundation will award grants to individuals, education and scientific organizations, and AMHCA for programs or projects of importance to mental health counselors and the public. 


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