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 2017 – 2018 Academic year are available!

Application deadline is May 15, 2017.

  • 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. 

2016-2017 Haberman-Williams Scholarship Winners Announced

If the 2016 -2017 Haberman-Williams MaMHCA Scholarship applicants are any indication, our profession is in good hands and has a bright future. Every year the scholarship contest is highly competitive and this year is no exception and probably has been the most competitive yet.

We are proud to announce that Denise Galford-Koeppel of Bay Path University and AJ Guerrero of UMass Boston are this year’s recipients. Both of these individuals have been making a positive impact on individuals and families already and their impact will only continue to grow as they complete their education and move on into their careers.

 Denise Galford-Koeppel, whose passion is helping at-risk families, has been a research assistant for the NICHD Study of Early Child Care, a developmental specialist in early intervention, and a special education advocate. Some of her professors’ comments include: “…I have been thoroughly impressed with her professionalism, dedication, and intellectual abilities”; “Denise exhibits and gift of working with people and I expect it will not only flourish as she continues her graduate studies, but this will carry her to a high level of success in her career.”; “Her work products are of the highest caliber.”; and This student is also a leader within her academic program.”

AJ Guerrero, whose strong interest lies in multicultural issues in counseling particularly those of LGBTG individuals, has been a research manager at the Center for Psychosocial Health Research, a teaching assistant and has presented research at the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Some of her professors’ comments include: “She stands out among her peers in terms of the breadth and depth of her experiences providing both service and research in the community, in addition to her academic strength and leadership as evidenced by numerous honors, scholarships, and awards.”; “… a passion for counseling.”; “In addition, she uses her research opportunities to strengthen her clinical skills and knowledge.”; and “In conclusion, it is my pleasure to give my highest recommendation for AJ to your award program.”


Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients of the Haberman-Williams MaMHCA Scholarship.


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.