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CIIS Receives Funding for Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research Scholarships

New scholarships will help students from underrepresented communities attend our innovative certificate program

March 22, 2017

The Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research recently received $32,750 to fund future scholarships for students from underrepresented communities enrolled in the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research.

Recent clinical studies have shown the tremendous benefit that psychedelic-assisted therapies can have in treating PTSD, depression, addiction, and end-of-life anxiety and these scholarships will help ensure a diverse group of trained professionals are available for this groundbreaking clinical research. 

The Sarlo Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund generously awarded CIIS $15,000 to establish the Ricci Coddington Diversity Scholarships. These partial scholarships will be awarded to CPTR certificate students from underrepresented populations in order to increase the diversity of practitioners certified in psychedelic-assisted therapies.

The Sarlo Foundation's gift has already supported a diverse group of trainees entering the certificate program and this gift builds on George Sarlo's previous donation of to CPTR.

CIIS Trustee Betsy Gordon has made a gift of $7,500 to provide a full tuition scholarship to an underrepresented CPTR trainee; this funding has already been awarded to a new student entering the program. This gift comes on the heels of the Betsy Gordon Foundation's recent pledge of $150,000 over three years to develop CPTR's library resources and research capacity.

Gordon has also helped secure an additional $15,250 for scholarships to future certificate students from underrepresented communities through her personal outreach to colleagues and friends of the center.

These gifts include an additional $7,500 full scholarship from Robert Barnhart who pioneered the funding of psychotropic research at CIIS through his continual sponsorship of the Robert Joseph & Wilhemina Kranzke Endowed Scholarships; an additional gift of $5,000 from an anonymous donor in honor of Betsy Gordon; $2,000 from Louis Leeburg, a trustee of the Betsy Gordon Foundation; and $750 from other individuals.

These scholarship gifts help ensure equity in this emerging field and the access to these healing medicines to all communities.

Please visit our Give to CIIS page to donate to scholarships and help support the educational mission of CIIS.

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