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Capella University Announces $50,000 in Scholarships to Graduate Students in Mental Health Services : Ten students are awarded scholarships at online university
Date:11/18/2008

Capella University (www.capella.edu), an accredited* online university, announced today that 10 current and prospective Capella University students have been awarded $5,000 scholarships to further their education in the field of mental health services. Half are pursuing online doctoral degrees and half are enrolled in online master’s degree specializations in psychology and counseling.

MINNEAPOLIS (Business Wire EON) November 18, 2008 -- More than 750 people applied for the merit-based scholarships. The 10 scholarship recipients were chosen based on their answers to five essay questions about their educational and professional goals, their interest and experience in mental health services, and how their work has benefited others.

"I've had to make changes in my life because of the rigors of Capella's PhD program, but in many ways, Capella's format is also what made pursuing a degree possible," said Paul Wade, one of the scholarship recipients. Wade's experiences as a non-commissioned officer with the Air Force, mentoring those under his charge, inspired him to pursue a career in mental health following his retirement from the military. His goal is to become a psychologist to better serve the mental health needs of veterans and other members of society. He currently works as a manager for a veterans service organization and as a psychology assistant while pursuing his PhD in Psychology, Counseling Psychology specialization, at Capella. "Capella's dual focus on high curriculum standards and attentiveness to student needs has given me the opportunity to balance my life priorities while staying focused on my professional goals," said Wade.

Like Wade, most of the scholarship recipients are senior-level professionals in mental health or related fields and are seeking to s
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