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School Counseling Program Funding and Scholarship Opportunities

Contact:
Counseling Psychology Department
Tel: (415) 422-6868
Fax: (415) 422-5528
dlsellers@usfca.edu


Scholarships for First Year Students

There are two competitive scholarships offered to two first year School Counseling students. Each award is given in the form of tuition remission of 3 credit units of their first year at USF. Application requirements and deadlines for these scholarships are announced by the department.

Social Justice Scholar

School counselors have great potential to be transformative change agents who partner with and empower urban schools and communities. This scholarship is awarded to a first year School Counseling graduate student who demonstrates outstanding dedication and vision for equitable conditions in urban schools. Criteria include:

  • previous and current experience in community service and engagement;
  • commitment to empowering under-resourced youth in school contexts; and
  • plans to conduct fieldwork in a diverse public school in high-need community.

The applicant must be from an under-represented ethnic/racial group.

To apply, submit a copy of your resume and a 1-2 page, single-spaced essay describing how you fit the above criteria. The essay should also delineate the candidate’s experience and vision to empower under-resourced youth in school contexts.

Bilingual Advocate Scholar

There are at least 112 languages spoken in the San Francisco and Bay area. We believe that bilingual/multilingual school counselors possess important cultural assets (such as languages spoken) that have the potential to support students, their families, and a successful school environment. Criteria include:

  • fluency (includes oral and/or written communication) in at least one language other than English;
  • previous experience (or strong interest in) using bilingual skills in working with children, youths, and families; and
  • language fluency congruent with languages spoken by ethnic minority students in San Francisco and Bay Area schools will be prioritized.

To apply, submit a copy of their resume and a 1-2 page single-spaced essay application about the importance of bilingualism/multilingualism in schools. Such essay will also contain concrete plans of outreach to work with students, parents, and school personnel with respect to the importance and promotion of languages as cultural strength in the school environment.


Scholarships for Second Year Students

There will be four scholarships opportunities offered to second year school counseling students. Each award will be given in the form of tuition remission of 3 tuition credits during the fall semester of their second year at USF. Please, see information below for specific scholarship criteria.

School Counseling Program Class Representatives

Two second year students will be selected to serve as School Counseling Class Representatives under the Graduate Merit Scholarship. Class representatives are chosen through faculty nomination. The Faculty are asked to nominate second year students who demonstrate:

  1. outstanding dedication to the School Counseling Program;
  2. leadership qualities; and
  3. strong commitment to social justice.

Class representatives work together to coordinate a social justice initiative to be developed with the Program Coordinator. Class representatives work closely with the Coordinator and faculty to ensure the needs of the program are being met. Duties include, administrative tasks, first year orientation, program events for faculty and students, collecting alumni data, regular meetings, information collection for the website, newsletter, graduation, and SCP board, and community building with peers and colleagues.

A Graduate Merit Scholarship application needs to be completed after the students have been selected by faculty and the Coordinator. Application materials include a resume and two single spaced paragraphs outlining plans for social justice initiative and outreach for the upcoming academic year as School Counseling Class Representatives. Application deadline is June 1st. Inquiries should be directed to Donna Sellers.

NOTE: More information about the School of Education Graduate Merit Scholarships can be found HERE »

Research Scholarship in Ethnic Identity, Coping, and Mental Health

Research Assistant to conduct research on topics related academic development, immigration, racism, poverty, coping, identity, and mental health among Asian American and Pacific Islander youth and their families. Responsibilities include literature searches and summaries, survey development, coding, data collection, and data entry. Experience in SPSS 19.0 and in conducting literature searches is required. Verbal and written fluency in an Asian or Pacific Islander language is desired but not required. Research scholars receive 3 scholarship points for 4 hours/week of work during the school year.

Applicants should submit their resume and a 1-2 paragraphs describing their research interests and previous experience to Professor Christine Yeh.

Research Scholarship in Social Justice Orientation and Educational Outcomes

A 3-credit tuition remission for the fall semester is offered to a graduate research assistant in the school counseling program. Areas of research include themes related to social justice orientation development in youths, the development of critical consciousness of systems of oppression and transformational resistance. Other themes of research may include school cultural climate, bilingualism, and other cultural factors associated with the educational achievement in Latina/o students.

Research activities/schedule is 4 hours per week during the academic year. Research experience and activities may include, but are not limited to literature searches, summarizing articles, organization of research information, writing, transcribing and coding qualitative data, quantitative data entry and analysis using statistical packages such as SPSS.

Applicants should submit their resume and a two-paragraphs essay describing their research interests and/or experience. Applications are due by the end of the spring semester and should be submitted to Professor Pérez-Gualdrón.


Scholarships for LGBT Students

There are two scholarships available for students who identify as LGBT or have a strong commitment to LGBT concerns and a working knowledge of LGBT issues.

Research Scholarship: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Mental Health

Research Assistant to conduct research on topics related to identity development, social supports, academic achievement, school climate, relationships, inter- and intra- group dynamics, and mental health amongst LGBT populations. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, literature searches and summaries, organization of research information, writing, transcribing and coding qualitative data, quantitative and qualitative data entry and analysis, and data collection.

Experience in qualitative data analysis and conducting literature searches is preferred, but not required. While experience working in the area of LGBT concerns is also preferred, it is not required. The ideal candidate should have a strong commitment to LGBT concerns and a working knowledge of LGBT issues. The research assistant will receive a 3 credit tuition remission for 4 hours of research activities during the school year.

Applicants should submit their resume and a Statement of Interest (1-2 paragraphs) describing their research interests and/or experience. Applications should be submitted to Dr. Konjit Page (kvpage@usfca.edu).

 

LGBT Advocate in Schools Scholar

 

The purpose of this award is to encourage and advance LGBT scholarship within the field of school counseling. This scholarship will be awarded to a School Counseling graduate student with a demonstrated commitment to LGBT issues within school-based settings. Criteria include:

  •   Commitment to working with and/or on issues related to LGBT issues within school- based settings

  •   Knowledge of issues relating to LGBT youth and families

  •   Previous or current experience (or strong interest) providing LGBT support, education and/or advocacy within schools and/or communities

    The applicant must identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and/or queer.

To apply, submit a copy of your resume and a 1-2 page (single-spaced) essay describing how you fit the above criteria. The essay should also describe how you hope to address issues pertinent for LGBT youth within school-based settings in your future professional role. Applications should be submitted to Dr. Konjit Page (kvpage@usfca.edu).