SUNY/OMH Mental Health Scholarship Program


The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), in partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY) Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and SUNY schools, created the SUNY/OMH Mental Health Scholarship Program for Underrepresented and/or Multilingual Students to attract, retain, and graduate underrepresented students and students that are multilingual, in the various mental health professions.

Underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are historically scarce in the mental health workforce. This under-representation is one of the key drivers of mental health disparities among marginalized populations. A diverse workforce has proven to result in greater patient/client satisfaction, engagement, and retention in care. Components of the program include scholarships, paid internships, professional/career development workshops, advising and mentoring, and fee waivers for students applying to professional programs.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Be a resident of New York State.
  • Be in good academic standing (2.5 cumulative grade point average or better).
  • Be a member of a group traditionally underrepresented in the mental health field and/or a multilingual student as defined on the SUNY/OMH website.
  • Major in one of the eligible mental health disciplines listed on the SUNY/OMH website. 
  • Maintain full time student status in the mental health career major.
  • Be at least a second-year undergraduate student with sophomore status or first-year graduate student.

How to Apply

Past Award Recipients and Honorees



Field(s) of Study


Celine DeCambre


Luiza Perez Ortiz
Mental Health Counseling
S. Rashid
Social Work
Esther Turay