Over 30 Years of Service to the Mental Health Community

MaMHCA: Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association

Scholarship Program


The Haberman-Williams MaMHCA Scholarship Program was named in honor of Berna Haberman, MaMHCA founder and Midge Williams, 1st and current MaMHCA Executive Director.  Berna and Midge have both played integral roles in the development and success of Licensed Mental Health Counselors in Massachusetts.

Since 2010, this one year, non-renewable award is open to any MaMHCA member who is a current Mental Health Counseling graduate student. The award recipient will have demonstrated his/her commitment to mental health counseling and excellence in academic performance.

Here is what the winner will receive

  • Recognition by MaMHCA as an outstanding graduate student in mental health counseling.
  • Financial scholarship that will be distributed equally over two semesters.
  • A one year MaMHCA membership during the scholarship year.  Join now.
  • Mentoring support including but not limited to licensing support services.
  • Annual conference fee waiver during the scholarship year.

Applications for the 2015 – 2016 Academic year are available!

Application deadline is May 1, 2015.

  • Learn more about the scholarship application guidelines


The scholarship program relies solely on donations of both money and time.  Please consider supporting future Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors.

  • Monetary donations can be made directly to the scholarship fund.

Donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted. MaMHCA is a non-profit, educational organization. Your donation is tax deductible.  Donate here.

  • Time can be donated by joining the Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee is an excellent opportunity to give back and help continue the growth of our profession by supporting the next generation of LMHCs.  Please contact our office for more information.

  • MaMHCA holds various fundraisers throughout the year.  Please call the main office at 508-698-0010 to learn more or to contribute through one of these fundraisers. 

The 2014-15 Annual Haberman-Williams MaMHCA Scholarship was awarded to Kendra Knauf and Sarah Deschenes.

Sarah DeschenesSarah Deschenes is an outstanding student who has described as: “… very passionate about her clinical work and demonstrates great ability to express herself in a professional manner.” Sarah looks forward to working with children and adolescents, a population in great need of services. She also believes her role extends beyond her work as a clinician to include being a social advocate for mental health.  In a relatively short time, she has become involved with MaMHCA and participated in a number of MaMHCA activities. 



2014_Picture_Kendra_Quincy_KnaufKendra Knauf is an excellent student whose goal is to work with clients and families on the issue of suicide which is a growing problem. She currently is engaged in research to understand protective factors and how to cultivate them into our clients’ lives.  Along with this research she is also conducting a longitudinal study about college students with a history of trauma influences their educational persistence and success. Kendra is described as “… passionate about practice, creative in approach to intervention strategies, and a true team player.”



The Haberman-Williams MaMHCA scholarship not only provides a $1,000 scholarship but the following benefits as well: 

  1. a one year MaMHCA membership during the scholarship year, 

  2. mentoring support including but not limited to licensing support services, and

  3. an annual conference fee waiver during scholarship year.

Congratulations to Sarah and Kendra on winning the Haberman-Williams MaMHCA Scholarship.