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Established to honor the memory of Nancy L. Oyler who best exemplified an enduring commitment to excellence of the Rehabilitation Counseling profession in service to persons with disabilities, the Nancy L. Oyler Student Award is designed to support and encourage graduate level training and clinical excellence in Rehabilitation Counseling.  

A maximum of three scholarships per year will be awarded. Students who compete successfully for this award will receive a maximum annual scholarship award of $10,000. Students may re-apply for the award for a second year of support.

All full-time students and applicants of the SHRS Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program are eligible and encouraged to apply for this award. Awardees must be accepted into the Counseling Program and enrolled as a full-time student.

Application Information

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

The application process involves submission of an application and a 750-word (maximum) statement, written by the candidate, outlining the goals the applicant expects to achieve as a rehabilitation counseling professional, and how the student plans to impact the profession and/or service to persons with disabilities. Specifically, the applicant should outline plans for advocating for people with disabilities in the greater Pittsburgh community (i.e. through professional organizations or other methods). This may include plans for clinical practicum and internship placements, or employment post-graduation that reflect the applicant’s potential to impact the profession of rehabilitation counseling and the individuals with disabilities served by the profession.

Applications and statements should be emailed to Michelle Schein ( by the deadline of March 1. A selection committee consisting of full-time Counseling faculty members will determine the successful student awardees who will be notified of the award by May 1 prior to the academic year of support.