Master's in Mental Health Counseling

Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholar

The University at Albany offers competitive, merit-based Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholar assistantships to graduate students who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their graduate or professional program. Diversity Assistants will be expected to teach and/or assist with a faculty member's research over the course of their graduate program. While students new to the University at Albany will receive first priority, funding permitting, currently enrolled doctoral candidates who have completed all degree requirements but the dissertation ("ABD") may apply for assistance under this program, and current Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants may also apply for a supplement to their current stipends if such a stipend can be demonstrated to enhance their graduate studies. Prospective students must submit an application by the same deadline date for financial aid request of their respective department. Current UAlbany students must submit an application by April 15. All applications must be sent to the student’s respective department and the Office of Graduate Student Diversity. Students may contact their departments by mid-July to inquire about the status of their application. The application isavailable here.


Applicants must be United States citizens or have permanent residency and must have completed an application for graduate study at the University. The Selection Committee will give special consideration to students who are of a race or ethnicity that is underrepresented in our graduate and professional programs but will not make awards solely on that basis and every applicant will be evaluated on his or her own merits. Some or all of the following criteria will guide the Selection Committee’s evaluation of applicants:

  • Experience with and/or commitment to working with historically underserved or underprivileged populations
  • Graduation from a historically Black college or university or other minority-serving institution
  • First generation in one’s family to attend college
  • History of overcoming substantial educational or economic obstacles, or any other impediment to success
  • Member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group, or
  • Participation in EOP, HEOP, or SEEK programs as an undergraduate