Diversity Mentorship Scholarship Program Information

ACCTA Jay Zimmerman Diversity Mentorship Scholarship Program 2019

Dear ACCTA Training Directors:

ACCTA is committed to increasing knowledge about diversity within our organization, as well as increasing the inclusion and representation of underrepresented groups in the ACCTA membership.  The Diversity Mentorship Scholarship Program is one way to operationalize our commitment to diversity.  This program seeks two individualswho represent diversity and are (a) interested in becoming training directors, and (b) who have a strong commitment to training and are actively involved in a current training program. We accept applications from eligible staff at counseling centers who are not members of ACCTA. We need your assistance in identifying individuals you believe would benefit from this opportunity.

The program offers the selected Diversity Scholarship recipients an opportunity to attend and participate in ACCTA’s 2019 annual conference. The conference is one of the few professional development opportunities for psychologists who are interested in becoming training directors to develop skills, increase knowledge about internship training issues, and network with others in similar positions. The two scholarships that are awarded will cover registration, economy class travel, and lodging and meal expenses for the conference. As part of the program, it is expected that each of the Diversity Scholarship recipients will provide a conference presentation for Continuing Education (CE) credits on the topic of diversity and/or excellence in training.

The 2019 ACCTA conference will be held in Alexandria, VA from Saturday, September 21 to Wednesday, September 25. The nominator will be recognized publicly and is expected to mentor the awardee through the process. Should the nominator be unable to serve in this capacity, an ACCTA member will be designated.


1)     Two years of post-doctoral counseling center experience by the application deadline(Monday March 11th, 2019) is required. Please note that the Committee adheres strictly to the deadline and hence, it is not possible to make exceptions for individuals.

2)     Any individual who has not previously held a position as a counseling center Training Director of a psychology internship program, but who is interested in possibly doing so in the future and/or who has a strong commitment to training and is actively involved in a training program.

3)     An individual who represents diversity in one or more of the following ways:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Gender identity and gender expression
  • Ability status 


Application and applicant materials must be submitted and uploaded electronically. Click the following link to access:


Eligible candidates should 

  1. Complete the Information Sections
  • Applicant 
  • Counseling Center Director
  • Counseling Center Training Director

      2.  Answer the following by typing or copying MS Word text into the boxes

               A. Please describe how the ACCTA scholarship would enhance your career objectives.

               B. Describe your past and current interests, contributions, and professional development in terms of the following:

                     i.     Training (e.g., experience providing individual or group supervision, training seminars, peer counselor or paraprofessional training, practicum supervision, any                     seminars or workshops taken or given on training issues, and how training has become a focus in your career and what it means to you)
                     ii.     Please describe how you meet the eligibility criteria for diversity representation
                     iii.     Commitment to diversity issues (e.g., multicultural training, diversity awareness, research, or work with underrepresented groups
                     iv.     Describe leadership activities or contributions to psychological organizations
                     v.     As mentioned above, it is expected that each of the Diversity Scholarship recipients will provide a conference presentation for Continuing Education (CE) credits   on the topic of diversity and/or excellence in training. Please describe any ideas you may have about a possible presentation topic you would like to present at the ACCTA conference. Applicants do not have to commit to this topic; we would just like to get a sense of the possible topics that may be presented on, at the conference. Applicants are welcome to connect their ideas with the theme of the ACCTA conference once that is announced. 

      3. Upload Supporting Documents (must be in M.S. Word format

            A. Your vita

            B. Nominating letter from Training Director at your current site

                  i.     In addition, the nominating Training Director should copy this letter to the Director of the center where the candidate is on staff. The purpose of this step is to inform the candidate’s Director of the nomination for both positive recognition and notification that the candidate would be required to travel to the 2019 ACCTA conference if awarded the scholarship.

           C. Any other supporting documents


  1. Candidates will be reviewed and selected based upon contributions to training, answers to the application questions, and readiness to use the Diversity Scholarship opportunity to enhance their work with trainees in a training program. Each year the applicant pool is different and is compared with that particular applicant pool.
  2. The selection committee will review all application materials submitted by eligible candidates. The selection committee is comprised of the Executive Committee of the ACCTA Board of Directors, the Diversity Committee Liaison to the Board of Directors, the Co-Chairs of the Standing Committee on Diversity and the Co-Chairs of the Diversity Mentorship Scholarship Program. 


All application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m., EST., Monday, March 11th, 2019.Awardees will be notified by email on or before Monday, May 13th, 2019. The board will consider two alternate candidates in the unlikely event that one or both of the recipients, due to unforeseen circumstances, are unable to accept the award. 

If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Brown, [email protected], 310-825-0768.