Scholarship Awards


Our program offers annual scholarships to assist students’ academic and professional development. These scholarships provide partial support to those students who excel academically prior to or during the program. Since fall 2012, approximately $150,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students enrolled in the program.  

Applying for Scholarships

Students are automatically considered for a general scholarship by the mental health counseling faculty upon admission and each academic year thereafter based on the eligibility and distribution policies listed later on this page. However, students are also strongly encourage to apply for specific awards through the university and the community. For example:

  • The Cheryl B. Warner Scholarship is awarded each academic year by a faculty committee to students who demonstrate interest in working with underserved populations coping with mental health concerns. Students must apply for this scholarship by submitting a short essay using the Scholarships tool under The essay should address the prompt “Explain how your past and/or future work demonstrates your interest in working with an underserved population.” Using the scholarships tool, graduate students may find additional scholarships for which they may be eligible and can apply.
  • The Centra Foundation offers scholarships to which members of the related credit union can apply.
  • Community foundations may also offer scholarships to residents of specific counties. For example:

Be sure to check your local public libraries, service organizations (e.g., Rotary, etc.), and employers about scholarships to which you can apply. You won't know what the possibilities are until you ask! 

Student Eligibility:

Students qualifying for IU Columbus MA in Mental Health Counseling scholarships must have:

  • Overall GPA ≥ 3.3 (B+) (undergraduate or graduate)
  • No graduate course grade ≤ 2.7 (B-)
  • No disciplinary or ethical issues during MHC program enrollment
  • Completed the FAFSA in a timely manner (if full-time)

Award Rules:

Awards are determined by:

  • Academic record and prior experience for students entering the program
  • GPA, course and field experience performance, professionalism, and faculty nominations for continuing students
Additional award guidelines include:
  • The total award pool for the academic year (Fall & Spring) will be roughly divided equally between students having completed 0 to 30 credit hours and students having completed 31 to 60 credit hours
  • Individual scholarship amounts will be made proportional to the number of credit hours taken by the student
  • Scholarships are awarded annually in the Fall semester for disbursement across the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Award amounts will change based on the number of credit hours enrolled from semester to semester and will not exceed the maximum amount of funds available
  • Students must continue to meet the criteria for eligibility to receive subsequent scholarship disbursements
  • Work-study students will be considered for scholarship awards
  • The scholarship committee will work to administer available funds in a manner which meets program mission and goals
  • Annual awards are not guaranteed for award in subsequent academic years or disbursement in subsequent semesters