As many of you know, Eric Travis Schilling passed away in June of this year. A graduate of Baylor University, he was completing his coursework in the Master’s in Counseling program at Divine Mercy University and he was on pace to finish his studies this fall.
Travis’s obituary poignantly explains that he lived to love and serve the Lord. He sought to help those who were suffering and felt great responsibility to take care of his family. He was always smiling and happy, never taking himself too seriously. Goofy, hilarious and kind beyond measure, Travis enriched the lives of those he knew. He was 29 years old.
To honor Travis’s memory and help students with financial needs, we would like to set up the Eric Travis Schilling Scholarship Fund at Divine Mercy University. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 from students, alumni, faculty and staff to be awarded in the coming months. The more we raise the more we can help students in need.
It is important to note that we have received a matching pledge so all contributions made before Dec. 31st will be doubled!
Please consider making a donation by clicking here and choosing the Scholarship option on the donation page. Then specify your gift is to honor Eric Travis Schilling.
Thank you very much and may God bless you for your generosity!
Fr. Charles Sikorsky, LC, JD, JCL
President, Divine Mercy University
Divine Mercy University (DMU) is excited to announce its partnership with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). DMU will offer tuition reductions to AMS for its online psychology and counseling degree programs.
The purpose of this partnership is to provide financial support to chaplains and laity who desire to provide mental health services for military personnel and their families.
“This new collaboration with Divine Mercy University emphasizes the importance of sustaining the particular pastoral needs for those serving in the military,” said Dr. Mark Moitoza, Vice Chancellor for Evangelization for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. “The focus on psychological and spiritual healing, through the lens of our Catholic tradition, promotes both individual and communal growth.
“Extending tuition discounts prepares men and women who understand the culture of military life to care for those in need. Through compassion, experience, and knowledge they will serve to bridge the multiple experiences of alienation caused by trauma. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, is grateful to the Divine Mercy University staff and donors who generously support these crucial efforts.”
This partnership comes at a time of high concern for service members.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website, “More than 1.7 million Veterans received treatment in a VA mental health specialty program in fiscal year 2018.” The National Alliance on Mental Illness website cites a study, published by the American Medical Association, that shows the rate of PTSD for active duty service members 15 times higher than civilians and the rate of depression five times higher.
Furthermore, the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report shows that out of 45,390 American adults who died from suicide in 2017, 6,139 (almost 14%) were U.S. veterans.
“Our mission at DMU is to educate the general public about mental health and train students who are passionate about helping heal the wounds of those living with a trauma or another emotional or mental struggle,” said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., J.C.L., president of DMU. “This partnership with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, is an attempt to provide the necessary resources for active and non-active service members to flourish after serving our great country. By increasing access to our online degree programs to chaplains and laity who come in regular contact with veterans, we are one step closer to satisfying the great need for mental health care across the world.”
In addition to tuition reduction available through this partnership, all degree programs* offered at Divine Mercy University have been approved for:
- Veterans Educational Benefits
- GI Bill Funding Eligibility
- Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program
*Please note these reductions do not include workshops or programs offered by the Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies or the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program.
The university also offers the Patriot Scholarship for students enrolling in a new program of study who are eligible veterans, spouse/dependents, active duty military, reservists, and/or retired military.
If you or someone you know is a veteran in crisis, support is available 24/7 through the Veterans Crisis Line [dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1] or via chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.
For additional information on the partnership and how to apply to receive the tuition reduction with Divine Mercy University, contact our Admissions Representatives at 703-416-1441 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also request specific degree information at enroll.divinemercy.edu/?frm=AMS.
Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate institution of higher education offering degree programs in psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the human person, marriage, and the family. The university offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Psychology and Counseling, and a Doctoral (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology.
Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Divine Mercy University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org)
The IPS doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). *Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202)-336-5979 / Email: email@example.com / Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
For more information, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Ebony Shamberger at 703-416-1441 x115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.