ABOUT THE FUND
A belief that wellness and recovery should be available to everyone is the cornerstone of Full Circle's vision, and so we strive to make attaining optimal wellness an option for our entire community. Having a therapist you connect to and feel safe with is an essential piece of healing and recovery. For some, this might mean connecting with a non-white therapist. Unfortunately, we have found that in WNC there is a deficit in BIPOC therapists, which serves as a barrier for clients who would prefer to work with a non-white therapist. Thus, our mission in creating this assistance fund is to offer some financial support to BIPOC persons in WNC who are pursuing a Masters degree in a mental health field. Our hope is that this will ultimately help clients connect with more therapists that meet their unique needs.
We understand that the lack of diversity in the mental health field is bigger than this one fund can address; this is just one step. However, it is our hope and belief that many small steps create systemic change.
Who Can Apply?
Anyone who identifies as a racial or ethnic minority is welcome to apply. You must also have been accepted to a Western North Carolina Masters program in social work, counseling, or marriage and family therapy.
The application window closes July 14. Over the following two weeks, we will select students to advance to the interview portion of the application process. All applicants will be notified by July 28, as to whether they will be advancing to the interviews or not. Applicants who do not receive funding, are welcome to apply again the following year.
When/how Will I receive the check?
You will receive a check in the mail by August 4, or you may make alternate arrangements (i.e. in-person pick up) by contacting the committee directly.
How many students will receive funding?
At this time, we are only extending the award to one student. Our hope is that as the fund grows we will be able to offer assistance to more students in WNC.
Apply now! The application is an online form that is emailed directly to us when you hit submit. After application closes we will reach out to you with next steps.
Our scholarship fund is 100% donation based. If you'd like to contribute to the scholarship fund, follow the link above and make a donation online through Square.
Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have regarding the application process or making a donation to the fund.