Every year at least one current MFT student is chosen to receive the IAMFT Babb Student Scholarship. In honor of former IAMFT Executive Director, E. Maurlea Babb, this scholarship was designed to recognize a student who showerd energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. The scholarship enables the student to attend one day of the IAMFT Annual Conference for free. This year's winner was Martha Rice, a student at Adler School of Professional Psychology's MFT Program. Lets' get to know Martha!
"I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. At the age of 10, I knew I had the gift to become a therapist. My neighbors would call me over to talk with them about their problems. If I didn't visit them once a week, my mother would receive a phone call!"
After caring for her ailing mother, Martha felt her life change dramatically. She gained confidence and a new perspective on family relationships as well as her own, personal strength.
In addition to her studies at Adler, Martha is an intern at Aunt Martha's Youth Service where she has learned taht an important skill in advocacy for families is through grant writing. She has found that, through her first year in school, she has used her passion for helping people to push herself beyond what she previously saw as her potential.
Martha said this in her application. "I realize that in order to reach my goals, I must work hard and remain teachable." Inspirational words for all of us who practice marriage and family therapy. Congratulations, Martha!