YSU Receives More Than $2M from Great Minds Fellowship

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University is one of six Ohio universities to receive more than $2 million in funds from the Great Minds Fellowship.

The Great Minds Fellowship, a recent initiative by Gov. Mike DeWine, aids students pursuing a degree or certificate in behavioral health fields such as social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, psychiatric/mental health nursing and substance abuse/addiction counseling.

“The health and success of Ohio’s families and communities depends on our ability to recruit, train and retain the best talent to ensure Ohio has the most robust behavioral health workforce possible,” DeWine said. “Behavioral health care workers are a valued and vital part of our health care system, and our efforts today are focused on helping to quickly infuse more qualified professionals into behavioral health care workplaces throughout the state.”

Students must be able to graduate within two years of receiving their fellowship. Those who have been accepted will be eligible for up to $10,000. The money may come in the form of a scholarship, a paid internship at one of Ohio’s Community Behavioral Health Centers and covered costs for any required licensure or preparation exams. 

Students should speak with their adviser or department chair for more information on the application process.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.