Scholarships & Grants

 

This page features information on scholarship and grant opportunities available at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students. View each scholarship and grant listing to confirm eligibility, deadlines, and application requirements.

Scholarships and grants featured on this page are affiliated with Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and grant opportunities beyond those listed on this page. To explore external scholarship opportunities: https://cgi.edu/scholarships-external/.


The Dr. Nicholas Cummings Scholarship for DBH Students

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) proudly offers the Dr. Nicholas Cummings scholarship. This scholarship was made possible by the generous donation of Dr. Dorothy Cummings. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and must follow the prompt/topic idea. To be considered, a scholarship application is required. Applying does not automatically mean an award.

  • One (1) - $2,400 one-time, non-renewable scholarship award, is available per academic term.
  • Scholarships are awarded per academic term.
  • Awarded students may apply for future scholarship opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements & Terms and Conditions

View scholarship eligibility requirements.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Academic Term Scholarship Application Deadline Scholarship Recipients Notified Scholarship Applied to Student Account
Spring 1 2024 November 3, 2023 November 8, 2023 November 17, 2023
Spring II 2024 March 1, 2024 March 6, 2024 March 8, 2024
Summer 2024 June 7, 2024 June 12, 2024 June 14, 2024
Fall 2024 August 2, 2024 August 7, 2024 August 30, 2024

About the Scholarship

Dr. Nicholas Cummings realized healthcare needed a revolution, and he was a talented agitator for change. He advanced professional psychology’s credibility and power as president of the American Psychological Association. As founding president of the California School of Professional Psychology, he ushered in a new movement in the training of psychologists. He launched influential organizations, including the National Academies of Practice and the National Council of Professional Schools of Psychology. At an age when other people slow down and retire, he founded American Biodyne, the nation’s first and only psychology-driven managed behavioral health organization. In the last decade of his life, he founded Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, which provides unique doctoral training in behavioral health. And, he and his family established the Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health to carry on his work.

Dr. Cummings acted on the belief that it takes heart and soul to facilitate change and healing. His life’s work was focused on accelerating advancements in integrated behavioral healthcare towards an aim of access to high quality mental healthcare for all. He advocated for his students to create innovations that could transform how healthcare teams work to improve patient outcomes.

In the year just prior to his death, Dr. Cummings again confirmed his commitment to the future of integrated healthcare by dedicating a scholarship for CGI students to reduce the financial burden of pursuing a Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree. All newly enrolled and continuing students in the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program at CGI are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants for this scholarship should compose a 500 maximum word essay (two pages, double spaced) answering all of the following prompts in addition to completing the scholarship application (linked below).

  1. What is it about the legacy of Dr. Nicholas Cummings that inspires you?
  2. What is one innovation that you are inspired to pursue as a DBH student at CGI that would make Dr. Nicholas Cummings proud?
  3. How will you know you’ve accomplished your innovative vision?

Click here to complete the scholarship application.

How Scholarship Recipients are Notified of Award

Scholarship recipients are notified by email directly from the Institution by the date corresponding to the award term listed in the deadlines table above.

Questions about institutional scholarships can be directed to scholarships@cgi.edu.


Institutional Scholarships for Degree Seeking Students

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies offers institutional scholarships to both returning and first-year students enrolled in degree-seeking programs. Institutional scholarships are available on a limited basis each academic term. Funding is based on academic merit and consideration is given to all students who apply. These scholarships are made possible through generous donations and fundraising efforts of CGI.

  • Twelve (12) - $500 one-time one-time, non-renewable scholarship awards are available per academic year.
  • Scholarships are awarded per academic term.
  • Awarded students eligible to apply for future scholarship opportunities.
  • Renewal is not automatic.

Eligibility Requirements & Terms and Conditions

View scholarship eligibility requirements.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Academic Term Scholarship Application Deadline Scholarship Recipients Notified Scholarship Applied to Student Account
Spring 1 2024 November 3, 2023 November 8, 2023 November 17, 2023
Spring II 2024 March 1, 2024 March 6, 2024 March 8, 2024
Summer 2024 June 7, 2024 June 12, 2024 June 14, 2024
Fall 2024 August 2, 2024 August 7, 2024 August 30, 2024

How to Apply

To apply for a scholarship, complete the application form linked below and include your answer one of the questions below in an essay format. Essays should be a minimum of 300 words with a maximum of 500 words.

If you are a returning/existing student:

  1. How can a DBH impact healthcare within a specific population/geography/etc?
  2. How has your view of behavioral healthcare changed since enrolling at CGI?
  3. What is your vision for healthcare and how will you contribute to that vision?
  4. How will your vision disrupt current healthcare practices?
  5. Who is a practicing mentor in your field of work? And why?

If you are a new incoming student:

  1. Why do you want to pursue the DBH degree?
  2. How do you see the DBH program impacting your career?
  3. What are your career goals and how will the DBH degree contribute to them?
  4. Who is a practicing mentor in your field of work? And why?

Click here to complete the scholarship application.

How Scholarship Recipients are Notified of Award

Scholarship recipients are notified by email directly from the Institution by the date corresponding to the award term listed in the deadlines table above.

Questions about institutional scholarships can be directed to scholarships@cgi.edu.


IPBHA Scholarship for DBH Students

Cummings Graduate Institute (CGI) is pleased to announce the creation of the IPBHA Scholarship. This scholarship was made possible by the generous donation of Dr. Aderonke Komolafe. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and must follow the prompt/topic idea. To be considered, a scholarship application is required. Applying does not automatically mean an award.

  • One (1) $1,200 one-time, non-renewable scholarship award, is available for DBH students.
  • Awarded students may apply for future scholarship opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements & Terms and Conditions

View scholarship eligibility requirements.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Academic Term Scholarship Application Deadline Scholarship Recipients Notified Scholarship Applied to Student Account
Spring 1 2024 November 3, 2023 November 8, 2023 November 17, 2023
Spring II 2024 March 1, 2024 March 6, 2024 March 8, 2024
Summer 2024 June 7, 2024 June 12, 2024 June 14, 2024
Fall 2024 August 2, 2024 August 7, 2024 August 30, 2024

How to Apply

Applicants for this scholarship should complete the scholarship application to be considered.

Click here to complete the scholarship application.

How Scholarship Recipients are Notified of Award

Scholarship recipients are notified by email directly from the Institution by the date corresponding to the award term listed in the deadlines table above.

Questions about institutional scholarships can be directed to scholarships@cgi.edu.


Professional Development Scholarships for Degree-Seeking Students

Conference Scholarships

CGI partner, The Behavior Web, has graciously donated $500 to support students enrolled at Cummings Graduate Institute (CGI). The scholarship is to be awarded to enrolled students presenting at conferences. The money is to be used for conference registrations or expenses related to the event. Students must have their presentation accepted in order to be eligible for the scholarship. In addition, recipients of the scholarship are required to mention in their presentation that they received support from The Behavior Web and Cummings Graduate Institute.

Scholarship Disclaimers

These scholarships are ongoing and there is no deadline associated with the scholarships. It is on a first come first serve basis. It is expected to have the submission in at a minimum of one month prior to attending and presenting at the conference.

Upon receiving application, the Scholarship Committee for this scholarship will review all applications on a rolling basis. The scholarship award is first come first serve. If an application is deemed acceptable by the Scholarship Committee, the committee will then notify the applicant via email. The review process can take around 2-3 weeks. If more than one application is deemed acceptable the monies will be split amongst awardees and may not match the requested amount.

Click here to apply.

Journal Publications Scholarships

CGI partner, The Behavior Web, has graciously donated 3-$100 scholarships to support students enrolled at Cummings Graduate Institute (CGI). The scholarship is to be awarded to enrolled students who have published in peer-reviewed journals. The money is to be used as an award for publishing materials. Students must share the publication with Cummings Graduate Institute in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

Scholarship Disclaimers

These scholarships are ongoing and there is no deadline associated with the scholarships. It is on a first come first serve basis. It is expected to have the submission in at a minimum of one month prior to attending and presenting at the conference.

Upon receiving application, the Scholarship Committee for this scholarship will review all applications on a rolling basis. The scholarship award is first come first serve. If an application is deemed acceptable by the Scholarship Committee, the committee will then notify the applicant via email. The review process can take around 2-3 weeks. If more than one application is deemed acceptable the monies will be split amongst awardees and may not match the requested amount.

Click here to apply.

Questions about institutional scholarships can be directed to scholarships@cgi.edu.


Explore external scholarship opportunities: https://cgi.edu/scholarships-external/


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