The Vermont Trauma, Resiliency, and Equity Education (VT-TREE) initiative provides training grants funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help diversifying the behavioral health workforce. The grant provides a direct stipend of $10,000* to second year Master of Social Work (MSW) and Counseling (MS) students who are already admitted to the respective graduate program at the University of Vermont.

The goal of VT-TREE is to prepare students for trauma informed practice with underserved communities and to support interprofessional collaboration as part of the behavioral health workforce in Vermont.

*Per Student Financial Services (SFS) Policy: Federal financial aid policies require that all estimated financial assistance be factored into the overall financial aid award offer. This includes amounts awarded as stipends to support living expenses that are not considered compensation. If you apply for Federal financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the maximum amount of Federal loan funding you may borrow, if eligible, will be your total Cost of Attendance, less the VT-TREE stipend, if offered to you, and less any other aid you are receiving, which might include tuition remission, outside scholarships, etc. For more information about Cost of Attendance and the types of aid that may be available to you, please visit

Who is eligible for the stipend?

Graduate students who are in their second year of study in either the Master of Social Work (MSW) or Counseling (MS) program at UVM.

Students who self-identify as diverse/historically underrepresented in one of the following underrepresented identities: racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic, gender and sexual orientations.

Only Vermont residents (in-state students) are eligible to apply.

As this is a federal grant, only US citizens and LPR's are eligible.

VT-TREE Training Activities

Trauma Informed & Resiliency Seminars: Students are required to participate in one 3-4 hour seminar/workshop which focuses on anti-racist trauma informed and resiliency based practices. The focus of these seminars is to increase knowledge and skillsets for trainees moving into careers in high need/high demand behavioral health settings working with historically underserved individuals & communities.

Required Field Internship: Students will complete their second year placement in an integrated primary health care or behavioral health care setting that provides services to children, adolescents and young adults with mental health or substance use disorders and their families.

Required Participation in Program Evaluation: Students will be asked to complete pre & post surveys as well as participate in a focus group as part of the VT TREE evaluation. Students will be asked to evaluate their satisfaction with stipend amount, experience in trauma courses & seminar as well as satisfaction with their field internship and overall reflections on the program.


How To Apply

Complete the application and email it to our

Application Deadline for 2022-2023: December 17, 2021

  • VT TREE Brochure AY 22-23
  • VT TREE Application AY 22-23
  • Student Commitment Letter

If you are a current graduate student at UVM, please contact Graduate Admissions about how to apply to a Certificate of Graduate Study.


Contact our Lead Placement Implementation Team Staff Member:

Principal Investigators