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Krowel Wins AMHCA Foundation Student Travel Award
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Two Finalists Also Named


A doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Ball State University and a veteran of the U.S. Army, April Krowel is AMHCA’s 2013 Student Travel Scholarship winner. The scholarship recognizes Krowel as an outstanding graduate student in clinical mental health counseling and awards her a $1,000 travel grant to attend this year’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC, July 18–20, 2013.

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The AMHCA Foundation is committed to improving mental health through education and public awareness campaigns, scholarship awards, and support of mental health research. An important goal of the Foundation is to promote the development of graduate students in mental health counseling through scholarships and awards.

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The current chair-elect of AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC), Krowel will chair the AMHCA Graduate Student Committee for the 2013–2014 year. She is involved with the American Psychological Association’s Graduate Students (APAGS) Advocacy Team and Division 17 Military Special Interest Group (mSIG). She also was named as a 2013 Tillman Military Scholar. 

Krowel’s main research interests involve student veteran college adjustment, suicide prevention among military members, and reintegration issues. Future career plans include working with the VA Healthcare System and outreach services to veterans and their families. She also plans to work in public policy, where she believes she can make the most valuable contribution as a mental health counselor.

“This scholarship provides a great opportunity for a graduate student to build connections in our field and benefit from outstanding education,” said Sharon Cyrus–Savary, AMHCA Foundation scholarship award chair and a past GSC chair.

The $1,000 award covers any travel- or conference-related expenses, including registration fee, airfare, mileage, hotel expenses, and food. This scholarship program is made possible by the generous contributions of Foundation supporters.

The AMHCA Foundation also named two Distinguished Finalists: Thomas Field and Greg Hall
  • Thomas Field, a PhD candidate at James Madison University, is also a National Certified Counselor. With more than eight years of experience providing direct counseling services to children and adolescents in schools, outpatient, and inpatient settings, Field will be attending and presenting at his first AMHCA Annual Conference this year. He has published articles on topics such as parent education for children with autism spectrum disorders and presented at national conferences, and his goal is to become a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in a counselor education program.
  • Greg Hall, a PhD student in the Counseling program at The George Washington University, has worked in adult leadership development for 11 years and was a psychological extern at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in the intensive outpatient program for alcohol/substance-related problems. A graduate of Argosy University–Chicago with a degree in Community Psychology, Hall was a teaching assistant at The Adler School in Group Therapy and Psychopathology. He has presented at the Chicago Counseling Association, Illinois Counseling Association, and AMHCA on issues related to military personnel, veterans, and PTSD.