The mental health stipend program is available to students in their second-year of study. The call for applications is issued in the Fall. Though any student who is interested in the program should apply, students who are bilingual or who have lived experience as consumers or family members of consumers of mental health services are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications consist of:
- CalSWEC II Application
- Brief essay
- Current resume
- One recommendation letter from a social worker or professor
Interviews will take place in January. All applicants who turn in complete applications by the deadline will be interviewed. Students will be notified of the status of their applications within approximately two weeks of the interviews. Those who are accepted into the program will be required to attend an orientation session in the Spring quarter.
The application process is competitive. Here are some tips to strengthen your application:
- Turn in a complete, on-time application that has been proofread by at least two other people.
- Read the Mental Health Services Act. In your essay, and in your interview, discuss your experience, knowledge, and/or desire to learn more about the themes presented in the MHSA, including cultural competence, evidence-based practice, and recovery in mental health.