Spring 2018 Scholarship Recipients!

On top of the pains of the world, graduate school is full of ups and downs. We at IMHCA remember those days and hope that our scholarship could provide a bit of breathing room. This is why for the 2017/2018 school year we are offering two, $500 cash scholarships. Please scroll further to read about both our Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 recipients.


If your dreams became reality...

The essay prompts for the Spring 2018 scholarship opportunity were:  What do you identify as a problem that you would like to solve regarding the realm of mental health? How would you resolve this issue if there were unlimited resources (time, money, etc)? If this issue were no longer a problem, how would the world of mental health be impacted?



The essay that was chosen as the recipient of the scholarship was submitted by Dianne Piggott from Idaho State University. She plans on graduating in May of 2019. We would also like to recognize Jannette Romo from Boise State University as an Honorable Mention. She will also be graduating May of 2019. Thank you, Dianne and Jannette.

Dianne Piggott - First Place

Idaho State University, Meridian Campus, personal emphasis on Transgender and LGBQIA

May of 2019

"I see that so many of the issues that face LGBT people are societal. Building resilience and coping skills in clients can improve their lives, and advocacy can build societies understanding and compassion. Transgender people are increasingly coming into the public awareness, so the time for change is now".

Jannette Romo - Honorable Mention

Boise State University School Counseling Cognate 

May of 2019

"I am passionate about working with low income, underrepresented students within the school setting. I want to be a advocate for all students to continue onto post secondary education regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, abled-body, religion, and much more".


We had several applicants for the Spring 2018 scholarship from every counseling program offered in Idaho.

We would like to thank all of those who applied- your thoughtful submissions were heartening and inspiring.

IMHCA Scholarship Rules

  • Currently enrolled as an active master’s level counseling student, in an Idaho counseling school.  If you are attending an online program, you’ll be asked to provide proof of Idaho residency.
  • Any essays submitted after the deadline will be considered late and ineligible for the scholarship.
  • If your scholarship is selected, you may be asked for permission to print your essay in the yearly IMHCA newsletter. Your eligibility for the scholarship will not be impacted if you decline to have your submission printed.
  • Scholarships are rated on the following criteria of essay questions, with a top score being 4 points for each category:
A)   Demonstrates thorough understanding of topic or theme- followed essay prompts
B)     Analyzes and interprets information effectively
C)     Meaning and intent are clear and engaging- demonstrates sense of purpose
D)     Grammar and mechanical errors
E)     Communicates ideas with clarity and insightful opinions
F)      Subjective/Flair- flair/pizzazz, if the essay spoke to the reader on an individual basis, or (optional) use of ACA ethics

Essays will have identifying information blocked so the IMHCA selection committee will not know who submitted an essay or what school/program they are enrolled in until after the scholarship winner is selected.      

Meet our Fall 2017 scholarship recipient


Creativity in a World of Chaos

The topic of the IMHCA 2017 Fall scholarship asked applicants to answer the four questions: In what ways have you experienced (or imagine) creativity impacting the therapeutic relationship? What are your challenges and hopes with bringing creativity into the room? How do you plan on staying balanced while navigating the chaotic outside world? How does this impact your ability to tap into creativity?

The essay that was chosen as the recipient of the scholarship was submitted by Ashley Andersen from Northwest Nazarene University. She plans on graduating in Spring of 2020. We would also like to recognize Laura Bonneville from University of Idaho as an Honorable Mention. She will be graduating May of 2018. Thank you, Ashley and Laura.

Ashley Andersen

Northwest Nazarene University, school counseling track with an emphasis in play therapy

Spring, 2020

“I am currently interested in research on the use of play therapy techniques as a part of the counseling process. My undergraduate thesis was centered on art therapy as a treatment for eating disorders, and I hope to continue research in creative therapies moving forward”.

 

Laura Bonneville

University of Idaho

May, 2018

“For many years I worked with victims of intimate personal violence.  I have always felt drawn to this population and would like to continue that work as a therapist and advocate”. 


We had several applicants for the Fall 2017 scholarship from every counseling program offered in Idaho.

We would like to thank all of those who applied- your thoughtful submissions were heartening and inspiring.

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