Becker College receives $40K donation

Becker College receives $40K donation

Published on: April 20, 2018


Becker College has received a $40,000 donation from The Quell Foundation.

Quell Foundation Donation

Pictured, from left to right, are Quell Foundation Executive Director Renee Wilk, Becker College President Nancy P. Crimmin, Quell Foundation President Kevin Lynch, and Beth Greenberg, Associate Professor of Psychology and program coordinator of the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling at Becker College.

The funds, which will be awarded in the form of scholarships, are designed to address an escalating shortage of mental health professionals and the need for greater access to quality care. The Quell Foundation Bridge the Gap Scholarships will benefit undergraduates in the Psychology program who have made a commitment to pursue careers in mental health, as well as students enrolled in Becker’s Mental Health Counseling master’s program.

“This generous donation not only supports our students but also the millions of people in Massachusetts living with mental illness,” said Beth Greenberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and program coordinator of the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling. “By supporting our students in their pursuit of a career in the mental health field, the Quell Foundation joins Becker College in our efforts to educate and train the next generation of mental health professionals, and provide counseling resources to the community through our training clinic.”

Students in the MA in Mental Health Counseling program obtain hands-on training at the Counselor Training Clinic at Becker College, an outpatient facility located on the Leicester Campus, where they provide low-cost counseling services to the community under the direct supervision of licensed mental health professionals. The Bridge the Gap Scholarships will help ensure much-needed counseling resources are available to the community through the training clinic.

“The Quell Foundation is proud to support Dr. Beth Greenberg and the Mental Health Counseling degree program at Becker College,” said Kevin Lynch, president of The Quell Foundation. “Our joint Bridge the Gap Scholarship Program will increase access to mental health services by funding our next generation of care providers.”

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that nearly 44 million Americans are affected by mental illness per year. Yet, an analysis by the national Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) finds that there are not enough providers to offer timely and adequate care. HRSA projects some 10,000 full-time providers need to be added to mental health care professions across the country by 2025 to meet the expected growth in demand.

Becker’s MA in Mental Health Counseling program is approved by the Board of Higher Education, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and meets all pre-master’s requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts. Applications are currently being accepted for the May 2018 cohort. For more information contact: Dr. Beth Greenberg at beth.greenberg@becker.edu.