Art Therapy AMPs Up Grant

Grant covers second-year costs for two students each year

Graduate students w­­ho will contribute to efforts to diversify the mental health workforce can apply to get their second-year tuition, fees, and art supplies covered to earn an art therapy master’s degree at Nazareth, thanks to a federal Education Department grant.

Increasing Access to Mental Health Professionals in High-Needs Schools (AMPs Up) — Nazareth’s initiative with the Greece (NY) Central School District — from 2023 to 2027:

  • covers 30 credits of tuition in the 60-credit graduate art therapy program for two second-year graduate students per year
  • provides a stipend for living expenses during a school-based internship in the Greece Central School District
  • includes special professional development

Who’s eligible?

  • You seek a career as an art therapist in a high-need school district.
  • You can contribute to efforts to diversify the mental health workforce through identification as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC); Hispanic/Latino/a; LGBTQI+; disabled; from a high-need school district; and/or you will increase gender diversity in the workforce.
  • You are enrolled full-time in Nazareth’s Master of Science, creative arts therapy program, art therapy specialization.

Service obligation

After graduation, students receiving this funding must work for two years (paid) in a high-need school district.

To apply

To receive further information about this grant opportunity, contact Emily Genovese, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT,, 585-389-2375.


Contact Professor Genovese by February 15 to complete your application by March 1.

School art therapists needed

"The pandemic increased the number of students struggling with anxiety and depression and highlighted the great need to provide mental health support to our students and families," says Jim Garner, LMSW, district social worker in the Greece (New York) Central School District. Thanks to the grant and Nazareth bringing more interns, "There will be opportunities to support more students."