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January 26, 2018

The Eugene R. Bonynge family and Woodland Centers sponsor a $1000 annual scholarship award for a graduate student in the behavioral sciences.

Eugene R. Bonynge, Ph.D., was Woodland Centers’ Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to January 24, 2010 when he died unexpectedly.  As the CEO of a rural community mental health center, Dr. Bonynge was acutely aware of the challenges recruiting and retaining mental health professionals.

The Eugene R. Bonynge Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship was inspired by a wish to honor his legacy as a behavioral healthcare professional, researcher and administrator, and the desire of the Bonynge family to contribute to the professional development of a graduate student with roots in Minnesota.

Woodland Centers would like to aid in reaching the goals and aspirations of all individuals engaged in behavioral health studies.  We have employment opportunities that may qualify individuals for government tuition reimbursement programs.   Woodland Centers has a wide array of adult and youth programs and serves a seven county area. We are a highly reputable and long standing community mental health center celebrating 60 years of service.  We encourage interested applicants to visit the Woodland Centers website at www.woodlandcenters.com for more information about our agency and services.

Qualifications of Applicants:

  1. The applicant must be a US resident and have graduated from a high school in Minnesota.

  2. The applicant must be a full-time student who is enrolled in, or accepted for enrollment in, a graduate training program in a behavioral science field which upon professional licensure would qualify as any of the following: Licensed Psychologist (LP), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Practicing Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

  3. Applicants enrolled in a graduate program that will graduate in May 2018 will not be eligible.

  4. Good academic standing (minimum required cumulative GPA of 3.0)

How to apply

  1. A complete application (including all letters and supporting documentation) should be sent to:

    Chief Executive Officer, Woodland Centers, 1125 6th Street SE, Willmar, MN, 56201


How the scholarship recipient is selected

  1. Applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee (Woodland Centers’ CEO; one Woodland Centers Board member; two representatives of the Bonynge Family)

  2. Incomplete applications will not be considered

  3. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who are not qualified.

  4. Preference will be given to applicants who express interest in rural mental health professional practice upon completion of graduate training.

How the scholarship award is made

  1. After the application deadline has passed, the Selection Committee will review the applications and make its selection by majority vote.In the case of a tie vote, the Bonynge Family Representatives make the selection.

  2. The awardee will be contacted by mail and/or email by the middle of June 2018

  3. The awardee will be asked to receive the award in person and participate in a photo with the Bonynge Family and Woodland Centers staff. The award will be dispersed at this time.

For any questions about the scholarship application or eligibility, please contact:

Ashley Kjos
Chief Executive Officer
Woodland Centers



  1. Full Name

  2. Current Address

  3. Current Phone Number

  4. Current Email Address

  5. High school from which applicant graduated

    1. Year of graduation

  6. College or University currently attending or graduated from

    1. Year of anticipated graduation or graduated from

  7. Graduate program attending or to be enrolled in

    1. Degree to be obtained

    2. Anticipated date of graduation

  8. State how you become aware of the Bonynge Scholarship

  9. Evidence of current enrollment and statement of being in good academic standing in graduate program, OR letter of acceptance from graduate program

  10. Resume or Curriculum Vita

  11. Two letters from academic references

  12. 750 word (maximum) essay about why you should be awarded the scholarship. Highlight your professional interests and aspirations, especially as it pertains to rural mental health professional practice upon completion of your graduate degree.

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