Winter 2016– Volume IX, Issue 2 NSPAA Voice | Page 16

HBCUs Latest Extramural Awards SC State Awarded Nearly $3.8M in Rehabilitation Counseling Grants Funding provides scholarships to grad students ORANGEBURG, S.C. – SC State University is the recipient of four federally funded training grants totaling $3.75 million over the next five years. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, the funding supports scholars in the graduate rehabilitation counseling program, a nationally recognized, award-winning degree program at SC State. The rehabilitation counseling program received the federal funding to assist graduate students who are interested in working with clients with disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse and vocational placement issues. Dr. David Staten, ‘92, ’94, professor of rehabilitation counseling and chair of the Department of Human Services, serves as principal investigator of two newly awarded Rehabilitation Counseling Long-Term Training Grants, totaling $2 million over the next five years. Dr. Cassandra Conway, who is a professor and coordinator of the rehabilitation counseling program, will also assist as grant project faculty to train scholars. “These newly awarded grants and others provide huge benefits to graduate students and the Rehabilitation Counseling program, alike. We are pleased to be able to attract and recruit the best and brightest students through these grants and others within our program,” says Staten. “We primarily like to provide opportunities locally and also recruit students from across the state and other locations as well,” he notes. Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling Dr. Bridget Hollis Staten, ’96, and Dr. Michelle Maultsby, associate professor of rehabilitation counseling, serves as co-principal investigators of the Rehabilitation Counseling Long-Term Training Grants, both totaling $1.75 million. The awarding of the new grants will allow students enrolled in the master’s rehabilitation counseling degree program to receive free tuition, monthly stipend and professional development opportunities during the 2015-2020 academic years. These training grants are used to assist in increasing the numbers of rehabilitation counselors trained in providing vocational, medical, social and mental health services to individuals with disabilities, including veterans. Each scholarship recipient commits to working in a state-federal rehabilitation program upon graduation. Of these grants, 75 percent of the funds will be used to support graduate students in the program by paying their full tuition and fees, professional development activities and a cost of living stipend. The university will benefit directly from these grants by receiving tuition funds for over 20 students per year. South Carolina State’s rehabilitation counseling program has a long history of being awarded federal grants to support scholarships for graduate students. In the past 12 years, the rehabilitation counseling program has been awarded $11.75 million in federal funding. 111122217171717171717172/5/2016 2/5/201617171717171717171717 17