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Mental health interns receive scholarships

August 10, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. -- Mental Health Association interns Christina Hatt and Nikki May, who are studying for their master's degree at Loyola College, have each been awarded the 2009 Norine Haas Mental Health Scholarship Award.

The scholarship was established by the Mental Health Association of Frederick County's board of directors in honor of Norine Haas' tenure as CEO of the organization for 13 years.

The scholarship is awarded annually to graduate students interning at Counseling Services, a program of the Mental Health Association, and is based on academic promise, community service, extracurricular activities, financial need and character.

"Counseling Services has really been a positive experience for me and enabled me to grow academically, as well as personally," Hatt said. "I appreciate the recognition that I have been given by receiving this scholarship because it is a challenge to complete 150 hours of clinical training and attend required college classes as well. I am so grateful for the generosity of the Norine Haas Mental Health Scholarship award."

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Tina Spratt, clinical director of Counseling Services, said, "It is extremely difficult to come across any type of scholarship in the mental health field. This is one of the very few that are available in Frederick County, and I am so thankful and proud to have two of my interns be recipients of it."

The Mental Health Association of Frederick County is a private nonprofit organization that has served the community for 44 years with peace of mind through education, prevention and intervention.

For more information, call 301-663-0011 or visit www.fcmha.org.

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