Mount Mary receives grant to expand diversity in counseling

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To expand the number of diverse practitioners in the field of counseling, Mount Mary University, a small private school received a federal grant to provide scholarships for master’s students.

Wauwatosa Now reports:

“Mount Mary University will strive to expand diversity in the field of counseling thanks to a $2.6 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Service Administration.

The grant money will establish a scholarship program for master’s students pursuing a degree in counseling. The program, called the Succeed Scholars Program, will offer 25 scholarships annually for four years to underrepresented students in the school’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling masters┬áprogram.

Dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences Cheryl Bailey said a “very high” number of Mount Mary students are from Milwaukee and work in the city after they graduate. The school considered the counseling and diversity necessities of Milwaukee during the grant application process, she said.

“We are providing Milwaukee with Milwaukee’s needs,” she said, adding that Milwaukee has a high number of under-served populations, and Mount Mary aims to fill gaps in counseling.

Aside from the financial assistance, students will receive support like targeted recruitment efforts, tutoring, specialized exam preparation and empathy training through the new program.”

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