Clark Family Mental Health and Disability Scholarship
Purpose of Scholarship
To provide financial support for nonprofit professionals working in the fields of mental health, behavioral health, or developmental disabilities within the eight-county area surrounding Rochester (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties) who wish to pursue a master's degree in their field. The intent of this scholarship is to elevate the state of practice and increase the number of individuals serving in the fields of mental health, behavioral health, or developmental disabilities.
December 1 to March 1
Number and Size of Awards
Number of recipients and award amounts vary; maximum award $7,500. The amount awarded will be based on the student's actual cost of attendance, financial need, and receipt of other available grants and financial resources. Award paid in one lump sum or split between two semesters based on award amount, enrollment status, and college attending.
Allowed Use of Award
Awards may be used for tuition, books, fees, and other graduate level educational expenses.
For professionals working in the fields of mental health, behavioral health, or developmental disabilities who are:
- Employed by a nonprofit organization in the eight-county area surrounding Rochester (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties);
- Matriculated in an accredited school by the beginning of the first semester of the award period and planning to attend full-time or part-time;
- Working toward a master's degree (clinical or administrative) in the fields of mental health, behavioral health, or developmental disabilities;
- Committed to working in the fields listed above for at least two years after obtaining their degree; and
- In financial need.
Preference may be given to individuals currently providing front-line, direct care and/or those attending nonprofit public or private colleges and universities.
The application process is coordinated through the Community Foundation.
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The selection process is coordinated through the Community Foundation and Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI). A committee convened by CCSI, which is comprised of CCSI representatives, professionals from the mental health and developmental disability service fields, Community Foundation representatives, and Clark family members, reviews applications and selects the recipient(s). Interviews may be requested.
Award Announcement and Payment
The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. The scholarship can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.
To release the scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying enrollment in a master's level program in the field of mental health, behavioral health, or developmental disabilities. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.
The scholarship is a one-time award; however, students may reapply in future years and receive a maximum of four awards during a consecutive six-year period.
Because the goal of this award is to help worthy recipients obtain a graduate-level degree, students may reapply if they demonstrate good academic standing and continued enrollment, financial need, association with a nonprofit in the fields of mental health, behavioral health, or developmental disabilities, and alignment with the award criteria.
Recipients are expected to obtain a graduate-level degree within six consecutive years.
Note: Prior recipients who reapply in future years are not guaranteed to receive a scholarship. Renewals are reviewed as part of a competitive process (separately from new applications).
Barbara and Tom Clark have been blessed with good health, four children who live nearby, grandchildren, and a comfortable lifestyle. They come from modest backgrounds with parents who provided them with educational opportunities and strong work ethics, which has enabled them to be in a position to share their good fortune with others. Their youngest child, born with Down Syndrome, has been the beneficiary of many services provided by agencies and health systems serving the developmentally disabled. With their help, she has grown into a fine young woman.
Both Barbara and Tom have been closely involved with agencies serving the disadvantaged and have personally witnessed the skills and dedication of those who have chosen this career. This scholarship was established to assist individuals dedicated to serving in the field of developmental disabilities or mental health with their advanced educational pursuits. Through this scholarship, the Clarks desire to help these individuals with the educational requirements to improve their skills in serving those in need.
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