EDINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American’s Rehabilitative Services Program was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
According to Tom Shefcik, associate professor for UTPA’s Rehabilitative Services Program, 75 percent of the Long Term Training Grant will be used for scholarships for students in the Rehabilitative Counseling Masters Program.
“These scholarships will be awarded to six students in the masters program to be used to cover expenses such as tuition, fees and a stipend of $800 a month,” Shefcik said. “Students that are interested in this field will find this is one of the higher levels of financial support for a master’s degree.”
Shefcik said UTPA was awarded the grant because of the program’s good track record.
“We have an excellent track record on training professionals who are bilingual and Hispanic, and there is an extreme shortage in this field nationally in minority background,” said Dr. Bruce J. Reed, department coordinator for the Rehabilitative Services Program. “One of the reasons we selected to fund a fewer number of students but with a higher cash award is so that students won’t have to work full time, giving the student more opportunities to focus on the program.”
According to Reed, students in good academic standing, will continue to receive the scholarship until completion of the degree.
The graduate program is a 48-semester credit hour counseling degree specializing in preparing students to work with persons with disabilities.
The program includes a 100-hour supervised practicum and 600-hour supervised internship, as well as a thesis option. The degree is designed to meet the standards required for students to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC); students also may obtain the necessary coursework to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam.
For more information, contact Reed at 956/316-7036.