Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (Graduate Counseling programs) - HRSA

For Academic Year 2019-20 – The Scholarship for Disadvantaged Student (SDS) Scholarship is for Masters of Counseling students enrolled full-time in the following programs: Marital-Couple-Family; Mental Health; Student Affairs; &/or School Counseling . Student must be from a “disadvantaged” background (educational/environmental OR economic as defined by the Health Resource & Service Administration). Must be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and have completed a current FAFSA. Students must also have financial need (as determined by completion of the FAFSA). Grant funded by the Health Resource & Service Adm.
_**Important Note: The SDS program is used to award students who are FROM a disadvantaged background and who have financial need. To confirm much of the information in the educational/environmental definition – you may be required to contact your High School or do added research to confirm. Note: You must answer “YES” to at least one of the items listed under the educational/environmental OR economic sections in the application and have financial need. For further questions on these sections, please contact Dr. Leslie Stewart in the Counseling Department.

Award
Varies
Scopes
General
Deadline
09/27/2019
Supplemental Questions
  1. I understand that the 'Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students Scholarship Program" is a grant funded by HRSA and is geared towards increasing dviserity by providing scholarship awards to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have financial need. Questions are related to "my" upbringing and will ask questions about my High School, where I grew up, etc. This may require me to contact my High School or do added Research to find answers:
  2. SECTION 1: Educationally/Environmentally Disadvantaged Background Questions. Please answer YES to all of those that apply. If NO, please answer No and skip verification question. A student MUST answer YES to question(s) in Section 1 or Section 2 in order to be eligible.
    • A. I graduated from (or last attended) a high school from which many of the enrolled students were eligible for free or reduced price lunches (based on most recent data available).
    • B. If you answered yes above - please provide the %. This figured can be provided by contacting your High School and asking what is the current % of High School students that receive free or reduced price lunches.
    • C. I graduated from (or last attended) a high school from which a low percentage of seniors received a high school diploma.
    • D. If you answered yes above - please provide the %. This figured can be provided by contacting your High School and asking what is the current % of High School Seniors receiving a High School Diploma.
    • E. I graduated from (or last attended) a high school with low SAT scores, based on most recent annual data available.
    • F. If you answered yes above - please provide the %.
    • G. I graduated from (or last attended) a high school from which a low percentage of graduates go to college during the first year after graduation:
    • H. If you answered yes above - please provide the %. This figured can be provided by contacting your High School and asking what is the current % of High School graduates that go onto college:
    • I. I graduated from (or last attended) a high school with low per capita funding: To verify visit: Per Capita Funding
    • J. Please Provide Figure
    • K. I am the first generation in my family to attend college.
    • L. I received an AHS diploma or GED.
    • M. I come from a family that lives/lived in an area that is designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), Medically Underserved Area (MUA), or Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (DPSA). To find visit: HRSA Designation
    • N. Provide City, County, State
    • O. I have a diagnosed physical or mental impairment that substantially limits my participation in the educational experiences and opportunities offered by the college.
    • P. Select the appropriate boxe(s) if your parents or anyone in your parents' household received any of the following:
    • Q. I come from a rural area or poverty/public assistance area.
    • R. Provide City, County, State
  3. SECTION 2: Economically Disadvantaged Background (HRSA Poverty Guidelines):
    • 1. I COME from a family with an annual income below the level determined by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is based on the student’s parents’ income regardless of independent/dependent or marital status. Click on the "i" information icon for the link to the poverty guidelines as you MUST verify this information. Keep in mind this includes your parents income and family size regardless of age.
    • 2. I understand that I may be required to provide proof (if needed):
  4. If you are the age of 24 or older, were you listed as a "dependent" on your "PARENTS" tax returns for any of the past 3 years:
  5. Prior to disbursement (per HRSA Grant Guidelines), you "may" be required to submit copies of you/your parents TAX RETURNS. Please mark "yes" if you understand and are willing to provide this information, (if requested).