PENNSYLVANIA MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMERS' ASSOCIATION

Glenn Koons Certified Peer Specialist Scholarship

The Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association created the Glenn Koons Community Peer Specialist Scholarship in order to honor Glenn's memory and commitment to providing guidance to others through their mental health recovery journeys.

Glenn was a Certified Peer Specialist at Wernersville State Hospital and prior to that served as Southeast Region Community Support Program Coordinator for the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Glenn was trained as one of the first National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Peer-to-Peer mentors in the United States and as an "In Our Own Voice" NAMI national program presenter. Glenn also was one of four NAMI National men who was recognized by President Obama at a reception celebrating the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) 20th anniversary. Glenn brought hope and smiles to everyone around him regardless of where he was.

The $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to individuals who exemplify what Glenn stood for. The ability to engage others, the willingness to share life experiences in recovery, provide leadership and guidance, and pass on these skills to others.

Remembering Glenn


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How To Apply

Applications are currently closed, Stop by again soon for more information. 

You can also check out MHAPA's website for previous application information. 

Thank you for your interest.

Please consider donating to the Scholarship. Information on how to donate is available at the bottom of this page.


Scholarship Winner 2019: Theresa Ann Server


Pennsylvanian Theresa Ann Sever was 17 when diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. Over the next 19 years, she was admitted to Approximately 30 hospitals, struggles with medication changes, and spent time in jail (successfully completing mental health court).

Recently, art and peer support have played a central role in Theresa's health and recovery. The recipient of the 2019 Glenn Koons Scholarship for Certified Peer Specialists (CPS), Theresa hopes to put both together while working with peers in a forensic setting after completing her training at WellSpan Philhaven. We asked Theresa to share some of her recover story and journey. Their Story -->

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