Mount Mary gets federal grant to establish scholarship program for disadvantaged students

$2.6 million grant will support 25 scholarships annually for four years

Mount Mary University in Milwaukee has received a $2.6 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Service Administration to establish a scholarship program for master’s students studying counseling.

Tammy Scheidegger and Carrie King.
Tammy Scheidegger and Carrie King.

The program will give out 25 scholarships annually for the next four years to disadvantaged and “underrepresented” students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program.

“With the Succeed Scholar Program, we will continue to grow the diversity of our student population in the MMU Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and, with ongoing support, advance the goal of a more diverse counseling profession,” said Cheryl Bailey, dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences.

Students who receive scholarships through the program will also receive tutoring, wrap-around support, help with exam preparation and empathy training.

“Our Succeed Scholars Program will help grow creative leaders in the health and natural sciences who will positively impact our community,” said Mount Mary president Eileen Schwalbach. “It is an important step to realizing Mount Mary’s vision for health and wellness in the Greater Milwaukee community. Additionally, the university will enhance health and science offerings by beginning upgrades and renovations that include new laboratories for food science research, cognitive neuroscience and a health science simulation facility.”

The scholarship program will be overseen by Carrie King, director of the graduate program in counseling. Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty member Tammy Scheidegger will help place graduates from the program in areas of high need.

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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