The Golden State Social Opportunities Program (GSSOP) increases the number of appropriately trained behavioral health professionals providing direct patient in a California-based nonprofit organization.
The Golden State Social Opportunities Program (GSSOP) makes awards to eligible applicants currently enrolled in a graduate program from a University of California or California State University campus or a nonprofit independent institution of higher education that prepares them to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, or a Licensed Clinical Psychology (PhD or PsyD) for a scholarship of up to $25,000 per year for a total of up to $50,000 in exchange for a 24-month service obligation practicing and providing direct patient care in a community-based organization.
Be enrolled in a graduate program from a University of California or California State University campus or a nonprofit independent institution of higher education, start program by September 30, 2023, be enrolled in a minimum of 6-semester units, has a GPA of 2.0 or greater, maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater, graduate after the grant agreement start date, not have existing service obligations, not be in breach of any other service obligation,
A worksite must be a California-based nonprofit eligible setting. A community-based non-profit is defined as an institution based in the state of California to which contributions have been determined by the United States Internal Revenue Service to be tax-deductible pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the Internal Revenue Code.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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