Darclei V. McGregor Memorial Scholarship

$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Awarded
Application Deadline
Nov 1, 2023
Winners Announced
Dec 1, 2023
Education Level
Graduate
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Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Master's or doctoral degree
Field of Study:
Counseling or psychology
Education Level:
Field of Study:
Master's or doctoral degree
Counseling or psychology

The Darclei V. McGregor Memorial Scholarship seeks to honor the life of Darclei V. McGregor, who was a dear friend and collegue. She was a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. She served the mental health community in a way that demonstrated kindness, care and compassion. Her professionalism, integrity, and clinical acumen were evident to anyone in contact with her. We need more mental health providers like Darclei.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) prior to the Covid 19 outbreak and subsequent pandemic, one in five people (51.5 million) people had a mental illness.  

In communities across the country (and around the world), fear of contracting the deadly virus, loss of loved ones, painful social isolation, and economic setbacks eroded community well-being and created an unprecedented need for mental health providers.

Here are a look a some alarming statistics taken from statistical data collected from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) , Mental Health America (MHA) , and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) :

• Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States.

• More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.

• 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year.

• 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point in their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness.

• 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

• Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-14

• The national rate of adults experiencing suicidal ideation has increased every year since 2011-2012.

• In 2022 the percentage of adults who reported serious thoughts of suicide was 4.58%, which is an increase of 664,000 people from the data in the year prior.

Currently, the mental health community is facing a shortage of qualified mental health providers, which is projected to worsen over the next few years. For instance, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration in order to meet the mental health needs of the United States Population we “need to add 10,000 providers to each of seven separate mental healthcare professions by 2025 to meet the expected growth in demand.”

Our country (our world) needs qualified mental health clinicians and providers.

Any student who is currently pursuing a doctoral or master's degree in counseling or psychology may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, submit an essay of 1500 words telling us about your inspiration for pursuing a career in mental health.

Selection Criteria:
Passion, Drive, Impact
Published July 25, 2023
$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Awarded
Application Deadline
Nov 1, 2023
Winners Announced
Dec 1, 2023
Education Level
Graduate
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