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Adler University Students Win Prestigious Fellowships 10.30.18
Adler University Students Win Prestigious Fellowships

Four Adler University students have recently won fellowships that promote community engagement, service, and advocacy.

Bethany Mendoza Named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

Bethany Mendoza, a student in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology program, received the Newman Civic Fellowship sponsored by Campus Compact. The Fellowship supports the next generation of public problem solvers in their personal, professional, and civic growth. It was created in honor of Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact's founders and an advocate for the role of higher education in preparing students for active and engaged citizenship.

As a Newman Civic Fellow, Mendoza will have access to virtual and in-person learning opportunities and attend the national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in Boston in November.

“In the future, I hope to utilize my doctoral degree to challenge the stigma of mental illness and to help bring quality mental healthcare and psychoeducation to under-served populations,” Mendoza said. “Being a part of the Newman Civic Fellowship is an honor and allows me the opportunity to collaborate with other socially-minded students all over the U.S. and beyond.”

Katharine Cobean Received Military Family Research Institute Fellowship

Katharine Cobean, a student in the Master’s in Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling program in Chicago, was selected by the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University, for the competitive 2018 Focus Forward Fellowship. MFRI’s Focus Forward Fellowship is designed to help women student veterans build skills, leadership, and a sense of community with their peers.

Cobean participated in a four-day residency program July 25-29 at Purdue University designed to help fellows develop new career proficiencies, identify strategies to increase success on campus, gain confidence in problem solving, and help foster academic and career goals. Cobean will continue to engage in virtual activities as part of the fellowship throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.

“The Focus Forward Fellowship gave me the amazing opportunity to connect, learn, and grow personally and professionally with other amazing women veterans from across the country,” Cobean said. “This experience made me even more passionate about my studies at Adler University and my goal of being an advocate for the needs of service members.”

Isabel Montoya and Shaun Morganfield Selected for Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program

Adler University Psy.D students Isabel Montoya and Shaun Morganfield have been selected for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship—a year-long service learning program that empowers graduate students in health-related fields to design and implement projects that help address the health needs of underserved Chicago communities.

The Health & Medicine Policy Research Group sponsors the program, named in honor of humanitarian and Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Each Schweitzer Fellow will launch a community-based project, providing 200 hours of service. Morganfield and Montoya will work in partnership on their service project to initiate mental health seminars and mentorship programs for 6th-8th grade students and high school students with the support of Mental Health America.

“I notice the lack of mental health education courses available for the community,” Montoya said. “Underrepresented communities lack resources for mental health issues, awareness, and disorders. Our project will provide educational and advocacy opportunities for these groups.”


About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.