RSA Scholars Program
Department of Counseling & Psychological Services at the College of Education
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Scholars Program
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) training program provides financial support to students seeking a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling.
- Tuition(in-state graduate tuition rate for up to 48 credit hours)
- Fees for 5 semesters full time
- Stipend for books, supplies, transportation
- Reimbursement for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor preparation course and examination application fees, whilst still in masters program
- Potential support for relevant professional conference attendance
THE REHABILITATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The purpose of the RSA Scholars program is to increase the supply of qualified vocational rehabilitation counselors to serve the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities assisted through:
- Vocational rehabilitation (VR)
- Supported employment; and
- Independent living programs
The Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) provisions of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 require State vocational rehabilitation agencies to establish and maintain standards to ensure staff are appropriately and adequately prepared to serve customers. For rehabilitation counselors, this standard equates to a masters degree in rehabilitation counseling and certification, or eligibility to sit for the certification exam.
The Rehabilitation Counseling masters program at Georgia State University has earned a reputation of rigor and excellence in counselor education, and boasts a pass rate of 95% for students who sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination. Students are prepared to work with individuals on educational, vocational, social, emotional or medically-related barriers to employability. In addition, the masters program helps students develop a strong value for disability rights advocacy, in order to support individuals as they address the environmental and attitudinal barriers to full access, choice, and independence.
Georgia State University works closely with the Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Program to recruit, train, and employ RSA Scholars throughout the State of Georgia. There is a growing need for professionals in the public rehabilitation program, and the Georgia Department of Labor offers competitive salaries and benefits that emphasize long-term career development. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program assists over 4,000 people with significant disabilities to obtain and retain employment annually. In fact, during the 84-year history of the public rehabilitation program, more than 14 million individuals with disabilities have acquired gainful employment across the nation.
A candidate for an RSA scholarship must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Express an interest in a career in clinical practice, administration, supervision, teaching or research in the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, especially persons with severe disabilities
- Provide written assurance that within a 2-year period after cessation of enrollment in the program, the individual will obtain and maintain employment in a state rehabilitation agency, or a related agency that provides services to individuals with severe disabilities under an agreement with a state agency, or other public agency as defined by RSA. On a full time basis, this will be for a period of not less than two years for each full time academic year for which a scholarship is received. No more than 4 years will be required for a two year masters program.
Georgia State University Requirements:
- Scholarship candidates must be fully admitted to graduate status prior to acceptance to the program
- Submit the APPLICATION FOR RSA SCHOLARSHIP for each year of funding
- Submit a Goal Statement
- Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA each semester
Once the candidate is awarded a RSA scholarship, and based on the availability of federal funds, the scholarship will continue to be awarded each successive semester of that academic year provided that the student maintains satisfactory progress in the Master’s degree program.
If a scholarship recipient drops a course that has been paid with scholarship funds after the tuition refund date, the student will be required to pay for the hours dropped.
Dennis D. Gilbride, Ph.D.
Georgia State University
College of Education
Counseling & Psychological Services
30 Pryor Street, Suite 950
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
404 413-8171, office
404 413-8013, fax