New scholarship assists rehabilitation counseling students

Hanoch Livneh2A new scholarship has been established for counselor education students. The Hanoch Livneh Rehabilitation Counseling Scholarship is intended for graduate students in their second year of study in the clinical rehabilitation track of the counseling master’s program. The scholarship, which is the first ever targeted to the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program, will provide one annual $2,000 scholarship to a promising rehabilitation counseling student. The scholarship was established by Professor Emeritus Hanoch Livneh. Dr. Livneh was the coordinator of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program at PSU from its inception in 1988 until 2012, and retired from the GSE in 2013.

As a pioneer of the program at PSU and a world-renowned scholar, Dr. Livneh understands the importance of the field of rehabilitation counseling. Rehabilitation counselors work with adults of all ages who are dealing with a significant change in their lives, whether mental, physical or both. There is an increasing demand for professionals in the field. The outlook for jobs in rehabilitation counseling is very strong: in 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the field will grow by 20 percent in the next decade. Many graduates of the PSU program find work in veterans’ services, but job opportunities abound in public and private agencies, and in disability resource centers. The PSU Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program is consistently rated in the top 25 in the country in US News and World Report.

Dr. Livneh has had an exceptional academic career and is considered one of the most cited professors in the field of rehabilitation counseling. He has acquired numerous awards, including the National Council on Rehabilitation Education Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Counseling, the James F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research, and won an American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Award four times. He is a member and serves on the editorial review board of the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin and Rehabilitation Education, and was formerly on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Livneh is also a Fellow of Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology, of the American Psychological Association.

“I felt it was important to offer support to students who are making important decisions regarding their clinical pursuits (internship and later job sites), but also may be considering doctoral programs, thesis research or just a solid research project,” said Dr. Livneh. “By offering a scholarship at this juncture, it can have a positive impact on their direction.”

The Hanoch Livneh Rehabilitation Counseling Scholarship joins a growing list of faculty and emeriti-supported scholarships established in the last year: the Brakke-Daggett-Petti Family Educational Leadership Endowed Scholarship, established by Dr. Amy Petti; the Susan J. Lenski Curriculum & Instruction Dissertation Endowed Scholarship, established by Dr. Susan Lenski; and Professor Emeritus Joe Kaplan made a gift to endow the Sandy Kaplan Scholarship.

Many other GSE faculty and emeriti have established or have scholarships named in their honor; if you are interested in establishing or supporting a Graduate School of Education scholarship, please contact Jaymee Jacoby, director of development, at or 503-725-4789. Scholarship gifts can be made in honor of a faculty member or other educator who made an impact in your life!

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