The Department of Counseling and Psychological Services offers students a wide-range of research, scholarship and outreach opportunities.
Scholarships and Opportunities
Karen Lopp Memorial Scholarship
The Karen Lopp Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Karen Lopp, a Ph.D. student in the School Psychology program at Georgia State University.
JoAnna White Play Therapy Scholarship
The JoAnna White Play Therapy Scholarship was established by Dr. White, who served as Department Chair from 1999-2011 and is internationally recognized for her research and leadership in the field of play therapy.
Full scholarships with stipends are available for clinical rehabilitation counseling program students!
Our program is pleased to announce that we have received two federal grants to support the training of our students. These grants provide full in-state tuition (some out-of-state tuition waivers are available) and stipends to support students committed to working with people with mental illness/psychiatric disorders and other disabilities. To apply just indicate your interest in the RSA Scholars program in your application essay and tell us why you would be a good fit for one of these scholarships.
RSA Scholarship Program
Our program has received two grants from the Rehabilitation Services Administration to support students seeking a degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling.
- One grant supports students committed to working with people with any disability.
- The second grant supports students interested in specializing in working with people with mental illness and other disabilities.
The grants include:
- Tuition for in-state students up to 60 credit hours (some waivers of out-of-state tuition are also available)
- Fees for five semesters full-time
- Stipend for books, supplies, transportation
- Reimbursement for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor preparation course and examination application fees, while you’re still in the masters 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 mental illness and other disabilities. Some of those include vocational rehabilitation (VR) and agencies that contract with VR.
Georgia State University works closely with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to recruit, train and employ RSA scholars throughout the state of Georgia and other states. There is a growing need for professionals in the public rehabilitation program with expertise in the area of mental illness and other disabilities. The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency anticipates the need to hire many new counselors over the next three to five years. Surrounding states also report a strong need for rehabilitation counselors.
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
- Agree to participate in an internship at Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), with a specialty caseload that includes people with mental illness and other disabilities.
- Provide written assurance that within a two-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 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 four 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
- Indicate in your admissions essay your interest in the RSA scholarship.
- 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.
RSA Scholars Contact Info:
Dennis D. Gilbride, Ph.D.
Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program Coordinator
Georgia State University, College of Education & Human Development, Counseling & Psychological Services
30 Pryor Street, Suite 950
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
404 413-8171 office
Graduate assistantships are available in departments and Colleges across campus including our department. Every assistantship differs according to the funding source; some may be for one semester only, others may be extended beyond one semester. The hours of employment, the amount of tuition paid, and any additional stipend offered varies. You can apply for assistantships any time after you have been admitted to a program. Application information is provided to new students through our welcome ambassador program.
Please contact our department to see what programs offer graduate research assistantships. Reach us at:
Georgia State University‘s Counseling & Psychological Services Chapter of the Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling‘s mission is to educate and support CPS students, faculty and staff in strengthening their knowledge, awareness, and attitudes of LGBT issues in counseling.
The mission of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.
The purpose of the Counseling Psychology Student Organization is to facilitate professional development among Counseling Psychology doctoral students within the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at Georgia State University.
This affiliate of the National Rehabilitation Association, Inc. serve to advance the role and function of rehabilitation counseling in the rehabilitation of all people with physical and mental disabilities.