Summer application deadline:  March 15th!

More scholarships are still available so please see pertinent dates below and get your applications in!

Students pursuing careers in the field of mental health and wellness are awarded scholarships annually, per semester. The following supporters have contributed to the establishment of this program that MHATC strives to carry forward with pride and intention:

The Patricia Pownder Connolly Memorial Scholarship
Rupert and Elizabeth Pownder established The Patricia Pownder Connolly Memorial Scholarship in memory of their daughter. This scholarship is designed for students pursuing a degree in the mental health field. Mental health related fields are defined as psychiatry, psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, psychiatric nursing, and rehabilitation counseling.

The Lillian Cooper Droke Memorial Scholarship
Thomas M. Droke established The Lillian Cooper Droke Memorial Scholarship in memory of his grandmother. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is enrolled in college or technical training and who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Other students pursuing a career in the mental health field may also be considered if no eligible mental health consumer applies.

The Linda Lyons Memorial Scholarship
The Linda Lyons Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Mental Health America in memory of Linda Lyons, a former MHA board member, mental health professional, and mental health advocate. This scholarship is awarded to eligible students pursuing a career in mental health.

Exciting News! We’ve started awarding EVERY semester!

Applications are administered and awarded each year by the Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County and a subsequent scholarship committee.

Application Deadline (Fall) – May 15

Application Deadline (Spring) – November 15

Application Deadline (Summer) – March 15

Award Notification (Fall) – June 15

Award Notification (Spring) – December 15

Award Notification (Summer) – April 15

Scholarship Application Criteria
Must be a U.S. Citizen and a resident of Tarrant County
Must be in good standing with the college/university
Must be enrolled in coursework and/or have a declared degree plan for the following disciplines: any kind of psychology, social work, psychiatry/mental/behavioral health, social and behavioral sciences, behavioral / cognitive neuroscience, mental health or rehabilitative counseling or nursing, cognitive development, etc.
Prefer a GPA of 3.0, but candidates with strong applications will also be considered.

Write a 200-400-word essay on any personal, professional, academic, or volunteer experiences you have had experienced with any mental/behavioral health issues (including addiction) and how this has shaped your life and/or career choices.
Write a 100-200-word statement about your goals and aspirations to apply the knowledge you have learn through this scholarship opportunity.

Application Format
Heading should include:
Date, Name, Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Contact Information, Coursework Enrolled Applicable to this Scholarship, Declared Degree
Body should include: Essay and Statement
Please submit applications to

Scholarship Selection Criteria:
Essay is well written without grammatical errors, shows rational decision-making skills, shows empathy and compassion, lessons learned are realistic and the applied knowledge is reasonable. The coursework and/or degree plan meets the required criteria.

*Fall & Spring scholarship recipients may receive awards up to $5,000. Summer scholarship recipients may receive up to $2,000.
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