John V. Carmack Graduate Counseling Scholarship

The John V. Carmack Graduate Counseling Scholarship is named in honor of Professor Emeritus John Carmack who served as director of graduate counseling programs at JBU from 2001 to 2017. During his years at JBU, Dr. Carmack established the MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and was instrumental in creating counseling programs that are known for their professional preparation of clinicians, academic quality, and the integration of Christian values and ministry in the practice of counseling. Drawing on his background in Christian ministry, Dr. Carmack approached the field of counseling and teaching with a pastor’s heart.

The Carmack Scholarship is designed to recognize an entering graduate student in the field of counseling who represents the values of the honoree. Specifically, the recipient will demonstrate:

  • An intention to pursue a counseling career focused on families and marriages as reflected in the choice of graduate program;
  • Academic excellence as reflected in prior academic performance;
  • A desire to discover the application of Christian principles and active faith to the theory and practice of counseling;
  • A pastoral approach to counseling as reflected in previous work in Christian ministry.

Recipients will receive a scholarship for the M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy degree in the amount of $6,500 per year for three consecutive years for a total of $19,500.

Scholarship Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence (minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and minimum GRE Verbal score of 145)
  • A record of Christian ministry
  • Career plans to use graduate education to strengthen families and marriages
  • Demonstrated financial need as reflected by submitted FAFSA

Conditions for continuance

Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress and satisfy dispositional requirements of the counseling department in order to receive the scholarship for successive years. The scholarship expires 36 months after its initial award.

Application Process

Individuals who were not enrolled in a graduate counseling program at JBU the previous fall semester or prior may apply for the Carmack Scholarship. Only candidates who meet the financial need and academic criteria will be considered by the Carmack Scholarship selection committee.

 Application deadline is March 1, 2020

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