We are pleased to announce the recipients of the

2020 Spring Scholarship award


As we embark on a new decade there is incredible access to information via technology. How we consume our news, our research, our interests vary in a multitude of avenues. While there are pitfalls to technology, there are tremendous opportunities to build communities, be exposed to new ideas, and shift perspectives. At our fingertips we have 24hr access to online journals, webinars, chat rooms, podcasts, videos, etc.

The applicants were asked to use these following prompts to formulate their essays: How has technology impacted your studies in your counseling program? What avenues do you typically use when consuming research or mental health information? How might you utilize technology to the benefit of the counseling process and the therapeutic relationship in the future with your clients? Is there a particular website, online host, podcast, TedTalk, etc that changed or influenced your perspective on a mental health issue? If so, please share the link in your essay as well as how this information impacted you and your professional identity.

Please join us in congratulating Erin Miller as our 2020 Spring scholarship recipient. We would also like to congratulate Sarah Howard as our the Honorable Mention. We are excited to share a little more information about these students to the counseling community:

Erin M. Miller -Awarded Scholarship

Idaho State University, Counseling Program

May 2021

"Working in wilderness therapy as a field staff drew me to the counseling profession, and helped me to develop a passion for experiential therapy. I hope to continue in that line of work as a licensed professional counselor, as well as expand my knowledge base to include various forms of experiential therapy. Although I'm still narrowing down my theoretical orientation, I have special interest in Person-Centered Therapy and Relational-Cultural Therapy."

Erin recommended in their essay the following impactful clip:  https://www.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_trauma_affects_health_across_a_lifetime?language=en

Sarah Howard -Honorable Mention

Boise State University

May 2021

"I have greatly enjoyed working with the undergraduate student population through the practicum experience at Boise State University.  I am also interested in working with refugee students in the public school system, finding innovative ways to ensure they receive the appropriate care and services for their unique needs.”

Sarah recommended in their essay the following impactful clip:  https://iloveps.org/films/the-mind-inside-episode-one  

 Thank you again, Erin and Sarah, for your thoughtful, heart-felt, and inspiring submissions. 

Scholarship recipients will be announced to IMHCA members, listed on our social media accounts, and featured in our annual newsletter.

IMHCA Scholarship Rules

  • Currently enrolled as an active master’s level counseling student, in an Idaho counseling school.  If you are attending an online program, you’ll be asked to provide proof of Idaho residency.
  • If your scholarship is selected, you may be asked for permission to print your essay in the yearly IMHCA newsletter. Your eligibility for the scholarship will not be impacted if you decline to have your submission printed.
  • Scholarships are rated on the following criteria of essay questions, with a top score being 4 points for each category:
A)   Demonstrates thorough understanding of topic or theme- followed essay prompts
B)     Analyzes and interprets information effectively
C)     Meaning and intent are clear and engaging- demonstrates sense of purpose
D)     Grammar and mechanical errors
E)     Communicates ideas with clarity and insightful opinions
F)      Subjective/Flair- flair/pizzazz, if the essay spoke to the reader on an individual basis, or (optional) use of ACA ethics
  • Any essays submitted after the deadline will be considered late and ineligible for the scholarship.
  • Past scholarship recipients are ineligible to be awarded the cash prize. Thank you for your participation.

Essays will have identifying information blocked so the IMHCA selection committee will not know who submitted an essay or what school/program they are enrolled in until after the scholarship winner is selected.      


  Check out our Fall 2019 Scholarship recipient...


As we continue to research the human experience, the definition of mental health continues to change. There are many understandings and perspectives of mental health; the knowledge of how mental health impacts all of us as individuals, as families, as communities, as societies, as a global consciousness is becoming more and more intertwined as this complex labyrinth is further defined.

For the Fall 2019 scholarship we are honored to have counseling students from every Idaho program apply. The counseling students contemplated and answered the following questions: How do you define mental health? What has surprised you the most in your studies about mental health and functioning? What has validated your own beliefs about mental health? Where do you see the research going in regards to mental health?If you could bestow a message to another regarding mental health, who would the recipient be and why?

Please join us in congratulating Teresa Maynes as our 2019 Fall scholarship recipient. We would also like to congratulate Abigail Koltz as our the Honorable Mention. We are excited to share a little more information about these students to the counseling community:

Teresa Maynes -Awarded Scholarship

Boise State University, Addiction Cognate

May 2021

"I am most interested in substance abuse counseling, brief interventions, and crisis counseling. I am also fascinated by the relationship between religion and substance use, as well as the impact of religious struggle/faith crises on mental health and substance use".

Abigail Koltz -Honorable Mention

Idaho State University, School Counseling focus 

May 2021

"Right now, I am interested in getting more elementary school counselors out into the world. I think working with young children on preventative ways to safeguard their mental health is an important step in our society... especially with increasing influence of technology and its impact on our mental health. As for further research, I am interested in incorporating bibliotherapy techniques into my practice. I also hope to research effective uses of social media and technology in adolescents and young children. I think there is a lot of emphasis on the adverse effects of social media, but not a lot of buzz surrounding the ways we can use It to better our life. I want to figure out if there is a way we can embrace the change to our society and find ways to use it in more healthy ways".


Thank you again, Teresa and Abigail, for your thoughtful, heart-felt, and inspiring submission. 


Scholarship recipients will be announced to IMHCA members, listed on our website, and featured in our annual newsletter.



Read about our 2019 Spring Scholarship award...


As mental health professionals, in the year of 2019, we are all walking in the footsteps of others who had set out on this journey years ago. Our world (and our work) is drastically different from when Freud paved the way for psychotherapy in the 1880’s. The last 140ish years have brought deeper insight and understanding to the plight of being human. There are many different schools of thought regarding what is most effective and what inspires the deepest change.

Our mental health theories and perspectives inspire us to look deeper...

As mental health professionals, in the year of 2019, we are all walking in the footsteps of others who had set out on this journey years ago. Our world (and our work) is drastically different from when Freud paved the way for psychotherapy in the 1880’s. The last 140ish years have brought deeper insight and understanding to the plight of being human. There are many different schools of thought regarding what is most effective and what inspires the deepest change.

Elaina Eve Donohoe submitted the winning essay for IMHCA's 2019 Spring scholarship. Please join us in congratulating her on writing a heartfelt essay that addressed the following prompts: If you could have dinner with a mental health theorist (living or deceased), who would you meet with? What types of issues or current events would you want to discuss? Are there any current quandaries that you would like their insight and perspective on? Is there a particular element of their theory that you want to emulate and bring into your own work?

Elaina Eve Donohoe- First Place

University of Idaho, Rehabilitation Counseling & Human Services

May of 2020

"At this time, my curiosity is held by posttraumatic growth (PTG) research. In tandem with PTG, I find the existential theoretical orientation to be very efficacious for a wide variety of client populations, especially for people with disabilities".

Thank you again, Elaina for your thoughtful, heart-felt, and inspiring submission. 


Scholarship recipients will be announced to IMHCA members, listed on our website, and featured in our annual newsletter.
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