Troy University awarded $2 million to train vocational rehabilitation counselors

Posted: Monday, 26 October 2015

TROY​ ​- Troy University has been awarded a pair of grants totaling $2 million to train vocational rehabilitation counselors who will work with mentally ill or deaf populations in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

The grants, both from the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education, will allow TROY to provide a minimum of 100 full scholarships over a five year period to students earning Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degrees, with an emphasis on providing services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who have a mental illness.

The new program will prepare students for employment in state vocational rehabilitation programs in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

"These grants will enable Troy University to address the unmet needs of our State Vocational Rehabilitation partners in Alabama, Florida and Georgia,” said Dr. Suzanne Tew-Washburn, assistant division chair for Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training in the College of Education. “We know that there is a dire need in this region for rehabilitation professionals who have specialized training in working with people with mental illness or individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing."

Students selected for the scholarships will be required to work for state vocational rehabilitation agencies for a minimum of two years per year of scholarship support they receive. The scholarship covers tuition and textbooks.

For more information, contact Dr. Tew-Washburn at 334-448-5157

TROY's grant-writing team for this project included Dr. Suzanne Tew-Washburn, Dr. Cozetta Shannon, Dr. Paola Premuda-Conti, Dr. Latofia Parker and Dr. Joel Willis.