Counseling and Mental Health School of Health Professions and Human Services Student Life

Scholarship for New Substance Abuse Counseling Students

The School of Health Professions and Human Services is again offering a $25,000 scholarship for a student who is interested in working in substance abuse counseling and enrolls in the MA in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program for the spring or fall 2020 semester. 

The Hale Family Annual Scholarship will award $5,000 every semester for five semesters to one student in the MHC program who pursues a specialized certificate in alcohol and substance abuse counseling (CASAC). The scholarship was established by alumnus Charles Hale ’71.

Hofstra’s CASAC program prepares students to work with individuals, families, and groups in numerous settings focusing on mental health and substance abuse. Students completing this specialized track meet the educational requirements for full CASAC certification from New York state, and have the opportunity to earn credit toward clinical experience and internship requirements.

Applicants for CASAC certification and the scholarship will be chosen on the basis of academic record and demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in substance abuse counseling, among other requirements.

For more information and an application, email Dr. Genevieve Weber, associate professor and MHC program director, at for spring 2020 applications is Dec. 9, 2019.  

Samantha Perez, the recipient of the inaugural scholarship in 2018, is slated to earn her MA degree and CASAC certification in 2020. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was inspired to pursue a career in mental health counseling by people in her life who had struggled with substance abuse disorders. Her long-term goal is to become an advocate for those living with mental illness, substance abuse, and the trauma of sexual assault.

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