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The Pitt Counseling Program is proud to announce that it is offering five scholarships that will fund scholars’ coursework at 100% tuition. These scholarships are made possible through Project Certified Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Supporting Transition Success (CRESTS), a U.S. Department of Education training grant. All scholars will participate in inter-disciplinary coursework and enrichment experiences with an emphasis on supporting students who are blind and visually impaired as they transition from secondary education settings resulting in improved career outcomes and quality of life.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Project CRESTS scholars must have a strong interest in working with transition-age students who are blind and visually impaired.
  • Scholars must be
    • accepted into the CRMHC program.
    • enrolled as a full-time student.
    • starting CRMHC program in August 2020.
  • Scholars will participate in an on-ramp training that will provide new scholars with practical transition considerations along with adaptations and accommodations for students who are blind and visually impaired.
  • In addition to the standard Counseling coursework, scholars will take two additional courses in the School of Education, Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI) program.
  • Scholars will complete clinical experiences (i.e., practicum and internship) with students who are blind and visually impaired.
  • Scholarship requires a service payback.

Application Information

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Interested candidates should write a personal statement describing interest in working with transition age students who are blind and visually impaired. Please limit your statement to two pages.

Personal statement should be emailed to Olivia Phillips (olp11@pitt.edu) by the application deadline of March 1, 2020.

Interviews will be conducted with selected applicants in late March or early April. In-person interviews are preferred but interviews may be conducted via Skype.