Scholarships & Grants

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 tuition scholarship eligibility requirements.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Academic Term Scholarship Application Deadline Scholarship Recipients Announcement will take place by
Fall 2022 Friday, September 30, 2022 Friday, October 14, 2022
Spring I 2023  TBA TBA
Spring II 2023  TBA  TBA
Summer 2023  TBA  TBA

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 tuition scholarship eligibility requirements.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Academic Term Scholarship Application Deadline Scholarship Recipients Announcement will take place by
Spring I 2023 Friday, November 11, 2022 Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Spring II 2023 Friday, March 3, 2023 Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Summer 2023 Friday, June 9, 2023 Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Fall 2023 Wednesday, August 25, 2023 Wednesday, August 30, 2023

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.


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.

View Conference Scholarship eligibility requirements and application instructions.

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.

View Journal Publications Scholarship eligibility requirements and application instructions.

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


Testimonials

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The totally online DBH program offered by Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies is focused on the professional I have grown into: a synergistic disrupter for the healthcare industry, who is passionate about Wholistic Healthcare (e.g., health, behavioral health, and Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health), rendered skillfully through interprofessional teams. The program pillars of medical literacy, integrated behavioral health interventions, and entrepreneurship resonate loudly with me. The healthcare industry will continue to change, with doctoral level professionals needed to play a major role in any successful transformation. My goal is to further advance my knowledge-base, professional standing, and industry commitment to be part of these transformational efforts. In this way I can heed the Quadruple Aim: assuring quality-driven patient-centric care is rendered at the right time, through the right population-based treatment processes, at the right cost, and by empowered professionals embracing the work and committed to their charge.

Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP DBH Candidate, Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies March 11, 2020

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