Mercer University RSA Grant

Rehabilitation Services Long-Term Training Administration Grant now available for three semesters of Mercer University’s M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Mercer University received its second five-year Rehabilitation Services Administration long-term Training (RSA LTT) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant provides scholarships of up to 100% tuition coverage up to nine credit hours for three semesters of enrollment in Mercer’s Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program. Students with a strong desire to serve as clinical rehabilitation counselors are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be admitted to Mercer’s M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program to submit a scholarship application.

Graduate scholarship information

  • Selected scholars will receive three semesters of paid graduate education as well as a stipend for books, living expenses, and partial travel expenses for conferences (some restrictions apply).
  • Scholarship recipient payback requirement includes working for a state vocational rehabilitation agency or qualified employment agency for two years for each academic year of funding received. Upon completion, the graduate will have opportunities to work in areas related to the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities including clinical practice, administration, supervision, teaching, or research. Scholars must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during the scholarship period.
  • Scholars must complete their practicum and internships at a state vocational rehabilitation agency or a qualifying employment agency.
  • Part-time (six semester hours) and full-time scholarships (nine semester hours) are available.

Eligibility requirements

A candidate for an RSA scholarship must:

  • Be fully admitted to Mercer University’s M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program
  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Submit MAT or GRE test scores
    • MAT target score: 397
    • GRE target scores: 151 verbal and 143 quantitative or higher
  • Not have received an RSA scholarship or grant in the past

How to apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To be considered, please submit the following items:

  • CV or résumé
  • Letter of intent
  • Two letters of professional recommendation

A scholarship committee will review the above materials and schedule interviews for qualified candidates. Students may submit scholarship application materials and correspondence by email to Jabari Strozier or Dr. Suneetha Manyam:

Jabari Strozier
Project Assistant
678.547.6570
jabari.strozier@live.mercer.edu

Suneetha B. Manyam, PhD, CRC, LPC, NCC
Professor of Counseling
manyam_sb@mercer.edu

Applicants may mail scholarship application materials to:

Mercer University
College of Professional Advancement Graduate Admissions
ATTN: Jabari Strozier, Project Assistant
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341

NOTE: The above criteria relate to the RSA scholarship application only. You may apply to the M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program here.

For additional inquiries, please contact 678.547.6570.

Being an RSA scholar has opened up many avenues for me to develop my skills as a future rehabilitation counselor. Because of the scholarship, I was encouraged to present research at conferences, and I even got the opportunity to present two research posters at the National Council on Rehabilitation Education conference last year! Attending that conference taught me about the current events in our field, and what I need to develop to become a better counselor.

Shivani Lalloo, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and RSA Scholar, ’20