Awards & Scholarship

National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns 2021 Student Scholarship Application

Accepting Submissions for the 

Drs. L. Robert McConnell & Eddie Glenn-Bryant

Student Scholarship Award Applications

Submission Deadline | April 15, 2021

Student Scholarship Awards Committee Chair:

Dr. Robin E. Dock

Purpose: To support students representing culturally diverse populations who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in rehabilitation counseling or a related area.

Award Amounts: The amount of $1,000 will be provided to either an undergraduate or graduate student recipient.

Eligibility: (1) All applicants must be students representing culturally diverse populations who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in rehabilitation counseling or a related area. (2) Eligible applicants must also be student members of NAMRC.

Selection Criteria:  (1) At the graduate level, a minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale OR at the undergraduate level, a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. (2) All applicants must submit a four to six (4-6) page response to an essay question developed by the Scholarship Committee focused on multicultural issues. (3) Applicants will need to submit three (3) letters of recommendation to be reviewed by the NAMRC Scholarship Committee. (4) Lastly, as an award winner, the recipient will attend and present their essay on the second day of our 2021 NAMRC Virtual Conference, 07/16/2021.

Process :  a) Applicants must complete a scholarship application; b) a brief statement of current grants, scholarships and/or financial aid; c) an official transcript (submit one hard copy by mail of the official transcripts) ; d) an official letter/document from the university/college registrar’s office indicating that you are currently enrolled and in good standing; e) a response to the essay question; and f) three (3) letters of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation must come from the following 3 sources:

  1. An educator in the field of rehabilitation counseling or related area; 

  2. A community sponsor who is knowledgeable about the student in an employment or volunteer capacity; 

  3. Other (non-relative) letter of applicant’s choice. 

Essay Submission: Applicants are required to submit a scholarly written four to six (4-6) page paper with a minimum of 3 current professional reference citations, responding to the following:

Beyond “ISMS” to Equity: The Impact on the Multicultural Rehabilitation Community

Quotes or citations of other’s work should be appropriately credited/documented/cited. Please submit one electronic copy (double-spaced) in Word format or PDF of the Essay. Plagiarism will not be tolerated; when found, applicant will be disqualified from consideration.

Essay topic: Beyond “ISMS” to Equity: The Impact on the Multicultural Rehabilitation Community

(Note: Considering the criticality of multicultural issues in our country, cultural diversity within the population of individuals with disabilities, and the threats (real or otherwise) to equity in services for individuals with disabilities, our conference theme, “A New Rehabilitation Paradigm: Beyond ‘ISMS’ to Equity” is so appropriate. Your paper will explore how one or more “ISMS” may impact a specific disability population, or individuals with disabilities in general, referencing a possible shift in the current rehabilitation paradigm to meet the needs of this multicultural population.) 

For more information regarding “ISMS” see: ; Kurunmäki, J. & Marjanen, J. (2018). Isms, ideologies and setting the agenda for public debate,  Journal of Political Ideologies, 23 :3, 256-282, DOI:  10.1080/13569317.2018.1502941 ;

NAMRC 2021 Virtual Conference Student Scholarship Committee Chair, Dr. Robin E. Dock

Application Word doc

Application PDF

Submit all application materials (except for Transcripts) to: 

NAMRC Student Scholarship Committee – RDock (in Subject Line of emails)

Email:  [email protected]u 



Submission Deadline: April 7, 2021

The NAMRC awards program was established to acknowledge exemplary performance of members of the Association in support of the organization and/or its mission. Annual awards are presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the categories identified by the Association. The awards are significant in that they represent recognition by one’s peers, as association members make both the nominations, and final selections. The eight award categories and their descriptions are as follows:


This award is named after a professor, researcher and director of the first federal Research and Training Center focused on minority issues and disability. Dr. Walker has served as a long-time advocate for multicultural issues and provided a forum in education, research and training for their discussion, while also sponsoring and mentoring minority students.


Recipients of this award should be acknowledged for:

  • Excellence in rehabilitation education at the graduate or undergraduate level.

  • Their commitment to student learning and development.

  • A commitment to multiculturalism; as evident in teaching, publications and involvement.

  • Ability to serve as a role model, example and mentor.


This award is named after the inspirational first national leader of NAMRC, and convener of the first national association conference. As its first leader, she was instrumental in the achievement of NRA division status for the Association and spurred the initial growth of the NAMRC by assisting with chapter growth in Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia. She is also a past president of the Michigan NAMRC chapter and represented the NAMRC division on the NRA board.


Recipients of this award are individuals who have provided:

  • Continuous and loyal service and leadership to the association, usually in a variety of capacities and at national, state and local levels.

  • Extensive time and energy as evidence of their love for the association and belief in its goals.

  • Effective commitment and service to multicultural issues.


It was the research and publication of Bobbie Atkins, which provided the impetus for increased awareness surrounding the special issues impacting persons of color with disabilities. Her landmark research, “ Vocational Rehabilitation of Blacks: The Statement,” published in the Journal of Rehabilitation in 1980, disclosed the inherent inequities for blacks served by the public vocational rehabilitation system. Since her publication, Dr. Atkins a professor at San Diego State University has been a leading educator, publisher, researcher and trainer, grant developer, and spokesperson on multicultural, gender and other issues in rehabilitation.


Recipients of this award should have distinguished themselves by:

  • The production of a significant volume of exemplary research and associated publications.

  • The inclusion of research related to multiculturalism and disability.

  • The development of research which has or will make a difference in thinking and/or practice in the multicultural arena.


This award is named after a former counselor, supervisor, and manager for the Alabama Rehabilitation Agency from 1972-1994. He retired as the highest-ranking African-American professional and was also active with NRA as first president of the Alabama NAMRC chapter, president of the Alabama Rehabilitation Association, and the first African-American president of the Alabama Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He had a deep commitment to rehabilitation counseling and coined the term “elite practitioner” to denote competence and professionalism in the field.


This award honors those persons who:

  • Are engaged in direct service delivery in rehabilitation as counselors, technicians or specialists; and/or as supervisors, managers and consultants.

  • Have provided extended, dedicated and exemplary service to persons with disabilities from culturally diverse backgrounds.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and competence in their field.


This award is named after a doctoral student in rehabilitation at Southern Illinois University who served as the Association’s first student representative to the board. In this capacity, he was an active board member who represented and provided liaison for the voice of students to the board, participated in the board’s strategic planning, was significantly involved in outreach and recruitment of student members, and contributed to the annual conference by conducting and/or coordinating workshops for students.


Recipients of this award are persons who:

  • Have established themselves academically at the graduate level in rehabilitation or a related field.

  • Have demonstrated a commitment to multicultural issues.

  • Have provided active service to the Association.

  • Have demonstrated leadership in school, disability/rehabilitation or Association activities.


This award is established to recognize organizations, agencies, institutions or businesses that have made outstanding contributions which have had a major impact on multicultural populations, programs, systems or issues. The award is named after the long time NAMRC treasurer in recognition of her exemplary service to NAMRC and her leadership as COO of a major rehabilitation organization serving a diverse population in metropolitan Detroit.


Recipients of this award are organizations whose efforts:

  • Are impactful by virtue of being significant and substantial over time or innovative and creative, and/or courageous in nature.

  • Demonstrate leadership by example, signifying practices or activities worthy of emulation.


This award is named in memory of a long time member of the association from California who advocated on behalf of the Association and the issues it represented. She was a strong and vocal spokesperson for multicultural issues and represented well the dignity and professionalism of persons of color.


The award represents the Association’s highest honor and is established to recognize an individual’s distinguished career in support of rehabilitation and multicultural issues as evidenced by:

  • Continuous and dedicated service to NAMRC over time in a variety of service and leadership capacities.

  • Extended exemplary leadership and service to the rehabilitation profession(s).

  • Leadership  and  involvement,  and  service  and  advocacy  on  behalf  of  multicultural  issues  in rehabilitation.


This award was established in 2007 and was named after a rehabilitation professional from the District of Columbia, (DC) who in 1969, along with eight other persons, petitioned the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) at its annual conference to address the inequities facing Non- whites in Rehabilitation. His efforts resulted in the establishment of the National Council of Non- White Rehabilitation Workers within NRA, and a permanent seat for the Council representative on the NRA board. Later, as State VR Director for Washington, DC, his leadership and advocacy resulted in the increased involvement of persons of color throughout the field of rehabilitation.


Recipients of this award are individuals who demonstrate:

  • Exemplary leadership and advocacy over time on behalf of multicultural issues in rehabilitation.

  • Pioneering efforts on behalf of multicultural issues in rehabilitation, which have made an historical impact on rehabilitation professionals, the clients they serve or the larger rehabilitation community.

  • Demonstrated courage and visibility in "going against the grain" to further a multicultural issue in rehabilitation.


Nominations may be submitted by any member of the association and forwarded to the Awards Committee. The nomination will include a rationale for why the individual is being recommended for the award and should follow other guidelines as to length, content and format as established by the committee. Three supporting letters of recommendation must accompany the nomination application, otherwise the nomination is not considered complete and valid.

The committee will evaluate the nominees against the published award criteria based on their merit as evidenced by the information contained in the written nomination and supporting letters. Timelines have been established to assure that award recipients are identified and notified no later than May 5, 2021 of their award selection or non-selection.

National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns AWARDS

The deadline for submission of all materials is April 7, 2021