Total Donated So Far — $8,760
$2,000 PIS Podcast Scholarship of 2019
We are happy to announce the $2,000 PIS Podcast Scholarship of 2019 was awarded to Trenecsia Wilson who is currently enrolled in a PhD program.
This scholarship comes at an important time. She recently learned that she had reached the maximum loan limit for grad students. She panicked. She tried to find other ways to pay for tuition. She told me that her family is not privileged and is unable to help. She applied to several scholarships, including ours. However, after weeks of receiving no aid, she decided she would have to take a break from her doctoral studies. Upon receiving this scholarship award, she was elated, because she can now pay her tuition for next semester.
She’s already made a positive difference in the world, and we’re sure she’s going to do so much more. Although other opportunities are available to her, Trenecsia has chosen to work with marginalized families who live in communities suffering from poverty, racism, trauma, and gang violence.
After receiving her master’s degree, she returned to her childhood neighborhood in White Center - a marginalized Seattle neighborhood - to give back to her community by providing much needed mental health services and social justice advocacy. She doesn’t just provide services, but she also reaches out to increase access and reduce stigma, which is much needed in White Center.
As a person of color from that area, Trenecsia is especially adept at helping marginalized populations feel comfortable with counseling and other services. She has observed that even when families are connected with a clinician, that clinician is often not culturally aware of the issues these individuals face, which can diminish the client’s recovery and trust in the process. In addition to her outreach efforts and counseling services, Trenecsia has been working to solve this problem by providing consulting for organizations to help them provide a work environment that is equitable and inclusive for people of color.
I talked with one of her current professors who said she was “very diligent and professional” and works “above and beyond expectations.” She also said that many students shy away from social justice work, but Trenecsia forges ahead.
After graduation, she plans on becoming a professor to increase representation for African-American educators, which is a problem in our region. She plans on introducing and promoting policies and laws that reduce barriers for communities of color to receive mental health services. Also, she plans on providing education and supervision to help trainees develop cultural competencies, something that is sorely needed in our profession. Furthermore, she plans on expanding her cultural competency consulting to other organizations and schools.
Trenecsia comes from a family of helpers. Her mother works for King County Housing and her sister is a chemical dependency counselor. Trenecsia is a first-generation college student. She is the only person in her family to get a bachelor’s degree, let alone a master’s and doctorate. She is also a mother of two: a 7-year-old and a 1-month-old.
It is a pleasure to aware Trenecsia with the $2,000 PIS Podcast Scholarship of 2019, so she can continue to make a positive difference in the world.
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