Christus Powell Fellowship
Call for Applications
The Christus Powell Fellowship Program is awarded annually to one student. The awardee will receive a stipend of $1000, a one-year student membership to AAMFT and GAMFT, and free admittance to the GAMFT Annual Spring Symposium and Annual Armour Family Therapy Lecture Series. The awardee will also receive mentorship from members of GAMFT leadership and the opportunity to join a GAMFT committee that reflects their MFT career goals and areas of interest. Not only is this an excellent way to network with other professionals, but the fellowship also provides an opportunity for the awardee to give back to the Georgia community and nurture a sense of belonging, purpose, and growth.
This scholarship serves to promote the importance of diversity within the MFT field and by supporting the next generation of MFTs. Applicants must be Georgia residents and a member of a minority or underrepresented community, including, but not limited to, African-American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and/or within the LGTBQ+ community, a religious minority, or identify as person with disabilities. Applicants must show promise in and commitment to a career in marriage and family therapy education, research, or practice. An applicant’s promise to the field of MFT may be demonstrated by, but not limited to: academic performance, membership in GAMFT, work experience, and/or future goals pertaining to their role as a MFT within the community.
- U.S. citizens or permanent residents and a Georgia resident.
- A current student at a university or four-year college within the state of Georgia OR currently enrolled in a MFT graduate/post-graduate training program, or a graduating university senior who has been accepted by a graduate MFT degree program and will begin classes within the next calendar year.
- Enrolled as a Full-Time student in a MFT program
- From a diverse or underrepresented background, such as but not limited to: Black/African American,American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin, LGBTQ+, bi/multilingual, first-generation immigrants, religious minorities, and/or people with disabilities.
- Available to accept their award at the GAMFT Spring Conference on May 20th, 2023 in Atlanta, GA.
- Willing to sign a letter of commitment attesting that they will provide service to the GAMFT board and/or the GAMFT mentorship program. This service can occur during the year the award is received or the following year. For example, fellows may serve as a member to one of the GAMFT board committees or become a mentor for MFT graduate students or graduates pursuing licensure.
How to Apply
- Submit a 100-word personal statement illustrating how you identify as being from a diverse or underrepresented background
- Submit a 750-word essay that includes relevant personal life experiences that showcase your intersectionality and positionality within your work, an overview of how diversity will play a role within your future practice as an MFT, and/or how you plan to promote access to therapeutic services for individuals, couples, or families who are members of underrepresented or underserved populations. This essay should also highlight how being selected would impact you and your contributions to the field.
- Provide a current resume or curriculum vitae
- Provide an unofficial transcript of all graduate work completed or an undergraduate transcript if the applicant has not yet begun their graduate program
- Submit one letter of reference. The reference should discuss the applicant’s commitment to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.
- Submit a Christus Powell Fellowship Application no later than 11:59 pm on April 1, 2023 via the electronic application form. All applications must be received via the electronic application form. Applications or supporting documents received via email or mail will not be accepted.