Jonathan Davis Scholars

This scholarship is given to support a graduate student in psychology with a special interest in suicide awareness or suicide prevention.

We are proud to introduce the two 2019-20 scholarship recipients:

2019-2020 scholarship recipients and their acceptance speehes.
photo: Stephanie Chalk

Stephanie Chalk
Counseling and Supervision

I am deeply grateful to be awarded the Jonathan Davis Memorial Scholarship.  It is the ethical obligation of counselors and allied professionals to promote suicide awareness and prevention.  The scholarship will allow me to engage in professional development and research to enhance trauma-informed practices and suicide prevention in the counseling field, both domestically and internationally.  I have dedicated myself to several projects that address race-based trauma and multiculturalism in efforts to enhance suicide prevention.  The scholarship has allowed me the ability to donate my time towards the advancement of the counseling profession and the support of wellness and resilience in international communities through leadership, education, research, and engagement.  In addition, I have a strong interest in disability and neurodiversity, which I have dedicated most of my professional life to serving.  Disability tends to be neglected in many counselor education programs, which is a grave disservice.  I will advocate for a stronger focus on disability and neurodiversity as sociocultural considerations in trauma-informed care and suicide prevention. 

PHOTO: Christian Haase

Christian Haase
Clinical and School Psychology

Being awarded the Jonathan Davis Memorial Scholarship is both a humbling and inspiring honor. I am humbled to be recognized for my efforts in suicide prevention, as well as the work I have done with survivors of violence and trauma – work that I am tremendously grateful to have been a part of, and efforts I would not have been able to enact without the support of so many wonderful mentors, supervisors, coworkers, and other partners. The scholarship will offer me more time, energy, and ultimately inspiration to dedicate towards projects and efforts I deeply care about that focus on these topics. Presently, my dissertation research is focused on toxic masculinity and the intersections of mass violence and social networks. It is in this particular area I hope to provide insight, awareness, and prevention for clinical and systemic contexts to help reduce incidences of mass violence and the reverberating wave of trauma that impacts so many. Along with this research, most essential to my professional identity as a therapist is continuing to develop the knowledge and skills essential to supporting clients that face challenges related to suicide and PTSD. Specific emphasizes that are especially important to me include cultural competency and trauma informed care approaches, areas I believe are essential to providing competent and compassionate support. I am grateful for the scholarship and will strive to carry on the legacy and mission of Johnathan Davis and award winners of the past.

Past Recipients

Previous scholarship recipients by year.
photo: Stephanie Smith

2018-19
Stephanie Smith
School Psychology

photo: charles shepard

2018-19
Charles Shepard
Counseling and Supervision

photo: Sarah Stout

2017-18
Sarah
Stout

photo: Agnes Carbrey

2016-17
Agnes
Carbrey

photo: Anne Metz

2016-17
Anne
Metz

photo: Pierre Durant

2015-16
Pierre
Durant

photo: Maranda VanDyke

2014-15
Maranda
VanDyke

photo: Thomas Field

2013-14
Thomas
Field

photo: Kelsey Cutchins

2012-13
Kelsey
Cutchins

photo: Heather Merner

2011-12
Heather
Merner

photo: Lisa Ellison

2010-11
Lisa
Ellison

photo: Jessica Dawn Aaron

2009-10
Jessica Dawn
Aaron

photo: Andrea Falzone

2008-09
Andrea
Falzone

photo: Lucas McKittrick

2007-08
Lucas
McKittrick

photo: Julie Munson

2006-07
Julie
Munson

photo: Deb Lung

2005-2006
Deb
Lung

photo: Stacy Sobotka

2004-05
Stacy
Sobotka

photo: Salmaan Khawaj

2003-04
Salmaan
Khawaj

photo: Antoinnette Profitt

2002-03
Antoinnette
Profitt

photo: Rachel Heberle

2001-02
Rachel
Heberle

photo: Stephanie Hostetter

2000-01
Stephanie
Hostetter