MFT Students Dominate State Stipend Awards

For the sixth consecutive year, LMU’s cohort of graduate Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) and Art Therapy students have proportionally received more MFT State Stipends awards than any other school in the Southern California region. This year, our students received nine stipend awards in total.

“I am exceedingly proud of this group in receiving so many stipend awards,” said Bryant Keith Alexander, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. “These impressive students will be able to use these funds to do important work in our community – providing crucial mental health services to populations that often need them the most.”

Both the California Department of Mental Health and Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health select graduating students to receive highly competitive post-graduate stipends in the amount of $18,500 each. Stipend recipients go on to work in public mental health, providing culturally-sensitive and linguistically-capable services to at-risk populations served by public mental health clinics.


Pictured, from left to right: Grace Palenik –State Awardee, Claudia Marquez –State Awardee, Kuangheng Hwang –State Alternate, Melissa Peterson –State Alternate, Colleen Stafford –State Awardee, Alexis Reid –State Awardee, Kathleen Scheppe –State Awardee, Thilini Abeygunaratne –State Awardee, and Hope Kinney –LA County Awardee.