Our story and inspiration behind the scholarship.
Since our founding in 2018, Mantra Health has been committed to serving and supporting diverse patient populations through the unique mental health challenges they face. Research demonstrates the inequities that BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities face in finding, accessing and maintaining quality identity-affirming care and support. According to the American Psychological Association, 84% of psychologists identify as White, making the mental health workforce less diverse than the American population (APA, 2018). With the dearth of diverse providers across our country, particularly in rural areas where many campuses tend to be located, colleges and universities face challenges in meeting the needs of historically-marginalized students. We believe that it's paramount to connect college students to mental health providers who can reflect their identities and experiences, and/or integrate them into the core of care with cultural humility.
Mantra’s affiliated provider group, Wellround Provider Group which is led by Medical Director and psychiatrist Dr. Kristel Carrington, recognizes the need for more diverse providers in the field of mental health. As telehealth now enables us to recruit and train providers from all locations in the country (so long as they are duly licensed), Wellround aims to fill this gap in care on campuses and maintain at least 50% representation of providers from diverse identities to better meet the needs of students.
Our goal for the scholarship.
Being in the higher education space, we understand that it is difficult for many students to get the support they need to achieve their academic and career goals. The mission of this scholarship is to support individuals from diverse backgrounds who are interested in becoming mental health providers. Our aim is to reduce barriers for BIPOC to enter the field, not only to provide equal opportunity and support for aspiring providers, but also to address disparities in mental health care at large.
- Eligibility: Graduate and postdoctoral students of color in the US who are actively pursuing a degree related to mental health (e.g. social work, counseling, psychiatry, occupational therapy) and are currently completing (or will complete) fieldwork/practicum/rotation in a university or college counseling center. Candidates for the scholarship are graduate students with historically marginalized identities (e.g. Black, Hispanic and Latinx, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander). Graduate programs can be at the Master, Doctoral, or Professional/Medical level.
- Application requirements: Applicants must provide the name of the university counseling or health center of their current or upcoming placement, the dates of their placement, and the contact information for their supervisor at the university.
- Total awarded amount: $3,000
Our aim is to reduce barriers for BIPOC to enter the field, not only to provide equal opportunity and support for aspiring providers, but also to address disparities in mental health care at large.
If you know of a qualifying student or university representative who would like to learn more, visit our scholarship application page and share here.