Scholarships and Aid

C. Esco Obermann Rehabilitation Counseling Scholarships

This prestigious scholarship was established in 1988 in honor of Dr. C. Esco Obermann, a national leader in Rehabilitation Counseling for many years, as a means of recognizing his significant support and service to the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Following his retirement from the University of Iowa, Dr. Obermann served as both an adjunct faculty member and active participant in the Program Advisory Committee for over a decade, sharing his unique talents and dedication to the field of rehabilitation with students, faculty and colleagues. His interest in the development and involvement of students through an understanding of the history of the field, the importance of ethics in practice, and in the development of more effective practice through research and professional writing has guided many toward their later accomplishments in the field.

The C. Esco Obermann Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to second year students (full or part–time) who show promise for entering the field and have a financial need that could preclude them from completing their internship. In order to establish this scholarship, generous alumni and faculty have more than matched Dr. Obermann's original gift of $10,000. Students pursuing the Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling may obtain application forms for this scholarship through the program faculty. Selected members of the Department Advisory Committee and/or Rehabilitation Counseling faculty will review completed applications and select awardees.

Scholarship Guidelines

  • Deadline for application submission is February 15th of each year.
  • Applicants are instructed to turn in completed applications to their faculty advisor.
  • Awardees will be announced in early March of each year.

Scholarship funding will be determined based upon available interest in the MSU Foundation Obermann Account.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships at MSU are paid a stipend for the academic year that is based on the number of hours of assignment awarded. An assistantship also carries a waiver of up to nine graduate credits per semester and allows the recipient to be considered as an in–state resident for tuition purposes. To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, the student must be eligible for admission to a Minnesota State Mankato graduate program. Graduate Assistants must enroll in a minimum of six credits per semester. Graduate Assistants with a summer appointment must enroll for at least one graduate credit. Please note that most Graduate Assistantships are not awarded for summer session, except in rare circumstances.

For more information and an application form, visit College of Graduate Studies and Research.