Fall 2018 Scholarship Recipient!


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 2018/2019 school year we are offering two, $500 cash scholarships. Please scroll further to read about both our Fall 2018 offering and our Spring 2018 recipient.

The importance of informed consent... For Fall 2018.

The essay prompts for the Fall 2018 scholarship opportunity were: How did informed consent become an ethical standard for mental health professionals? In your opinion,which parts of informed consent are most important for a healthy therapeutic relationship? What do you imagine is the intention of informed consent? How does informed consent support both the counselor and the client?


The essay that was chosen as the recipient of the scholarship was submitted by Rebekah M. Hood from Idaho State University. She plans on graduating in May of 2020. We would also like to recognize Maxwell Dusky from Idaho State University as an Honorable Mention. He will be graduating May of 2019. Thank you, Rebekah and Maxwell.


Rebekah M. Hood- First Place

Idaho State University, Department of Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling

May of 2020

"I am particularly interested in research about populations who are differently abled. I am drawn to Adlerian and feminist theory, and I want to explore how feminist theories can be more inclusive of voices of disability, as well as how this empowerment can be reflected in the counseling relationship".


Maxwell Dusky- Honorable Mention

Idaho State University masters of clinical mental health counseling

May of 2019

"I am interested in advocating for marginalized individuals. I’m especially interested in the intersections of gender identity, disability status, race, and socio-economic status and how these factors influence access to mental health services.".


We had several applicants this year 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.
  • 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
  • Any essays submitted after the deadline will be considered late and ineligible for the scholarship.
  • Past scholarship recipients are ineligible to be awarded the cash prize. Thank you for your participation.

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.      

Spring 2018 Scholarship 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.

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