How It Works
Scholarship applications are open each year through May 15. Our scholarship committee will evaluate applications during the next month. In early July, our top applicants are invited for an interview. The committee then decides on awards, with consideration of our available funds, applicant need, and potential impact on services to youth and children in Lancaster County.
Who Is Eligible?
- Undergraduate students preparing for a career in mental healthcare for youth, children and their families. Examples include students accepted or enrolled in a major for social work, psychology, or psychiatric nurse practitioner students.
- Lancaster County residents
- Students who demonstrate a commitment and passion for clinical mental health care, leading to licensure as Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, and related mental health clinical fields.
- Students who demonstrate a passion and commitment to serving youth, young people, and parents/caregivers.
Scholarship Program Requirements
Applicants must be permanent residents of Lancaster County at the time of application or working in healthcare in Lancaster County. Scholarships renew annually so long as the student remains in the program for which it was awarded.
Applicants must be admitted to a qualified undergraduate program at the time of application.
Scholarships are for tuition costs only. Students eligible for 100% tuition reimbursement from employers are not eligible for this scholarship.
By accepting a scholarship from LOHF, the scholarship recipient agrees to work full time in mental health clinical care in Lancaster County for 1 year for every year of scholarship support awarded.
How To Apply
Applications for scholarships will open in early 2022 and must be submitted online only by May 15.
Our Scholarship Committee will review applications and identify finalists for interviews that will take place in July. Applicants will be notified of decisions by mail in July. Scholarship payments will be made directly to schools in August.
Those who have already received a scholarship and wish to continue their mental health career education in additional programs are encouraged to re-apply for an additional scholarship funding.
History of LOHF Scholarship Programs
LOHF offered scholarships for nursing students, investing $980,100 in nursing scholars since 2003. Current nursing scholarship recipients will continue to receive their funding through the time committed by LOHF. New scholarships will now be offered to students pursuing careers in mental healthcare for youth and their families in order to best serve our Big Goal 1: to develop the workforce to meet demand for mental health services for youth and children in Lancaster County. Nurses pursuing careers that directly serve youth (such as psychiatric nurse practitioner) may apply for the Mental Health Careers Scholarship.