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NewsDec 19, 2018

Graduate student Ziyu Fang wins scholarship

Counseling and Psychology student lauded for classroom performance and volunteer service

Photograph of young women wearing a hat and a striped shirt leaning down to look at a rabbit outside.

Ziyu “Alexandria” Fang, a graduate student in the Division of Counseling and Psychology, recently received the Haberman-Williams Massachusetts Mental Health Counselor’s Association Scholarship, presented each year at the MaMHCA conference. The award is presented to students who have “demonstrated their commitment to mental health counseling and excellence in academic performance.”

The scholarship honors individuals who are leaders and have been making a positive impact in their communities that will continue to grow as they complete their education and move on into their careers. The scholarship is named in for Berna Haberman, association founder, and Midge Williams, the first (and current) executive director.

“Ziyu Fang is an outstanding student who stands out both in and out of the classroom,” says Counseling and Psychology Professor Jared Kass. “In addition to excelling in the classroom, she has held volunteer leadership positions providing a variety of services to her community.

“Ziyu is recognized by her faculty for producing high-quality work in the classroom. She has also been identified by one of her professors as a future leader in mental health counseling who is poised to make a dramatic impact on the way people’s mental-health needs are met.”

Fang, a native of China who now lives in Cambridge,  organized college students in her native country to tutor underserved children English and math in rural areas. Closer to Lesley, she is preparing to do a clinical mental health internship in Boston next fall.

Previous Lesley University students who received this award are Lucie Monroe and Christina Hampton.