Educational Foundation

Educational Foundation

CAMFT's Educational Foundation

The CAMFT Educational Foundation was formed to support and enhance the profession of marriage and family therapy. The Educational Foundation fulfills this mission by providing scholarships, grants, and other assistance to persons pursuing the profession or conducting research relevant to the practice of marriage and family therapists, and also by engaging in other programs to enhance and expand awareness of the profession.

One of the hallmarks of a life well lived is giving back to make it better than you found it. With generosity, a plot of land becomes a community garden; a dilapidated building becomes a food bank; and a mental health profession becomes more robust and diverse.


Since 1977, the CAMFT Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, has awarded nearly $150,000 in scholarships and grants. Today, the need to create a more diverse mental health workforce has never been greater, and scholarships and grants help make the dream of licensure as a marriage and family therapist a reality for many.

There Are Several Ways You Can Make A Difference To the Educational Foundation:

Monetary gift: Donations by check or credit card are critically important to the CAMFT Educational Foundation, because they can immediately fund scholarships and grants. will donate a portion of your eligible purchase to the Foundation. Enjoy the same selection of products and prices on, but with the added bonus of supporting the CAMFT Educational Foundation.  Click here to shop on Amazon Smile and support the CAMFT Educational Foundation.

Bequests to the Foundation are easy to arrange.  Additionally, your bequest may be designated for a particular purpose; used to establish a new scholarship; or, given to honor you or a loved one. Learn more.

Your gift to the CAMFT Educational Foundation will allow your generosity to leave the MFT profession better than you found it!

Apply for an Educational Foundation Scholarship or Grant

Please consider making c contribution to allow the Educational Foundation to continue its legacy of awarding scholarships and grants to the next generation of marriage and family therapists! All contributions are 100% tax deductible.

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2020 Scholarship and Award Recipients

2020 Educational Foundation Scholarship - Logan Roberts

Logan Roberts

Logan’s professional career started off in a very different direction than where she finds herself today. When it came to picking her undergraduate major she went for what she saw as the safest career path – finance.  After graduating and spending six years working in marketing and finance, she hit a wall – both professionally and personally, and began to question her career path. She knew deep down this career trajectory was not in alignment with her values. But Logan never thought her career path included being in a Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at John F. Kennedy University. She was fearful of starting over professionally yet excited that she had finally found her calling. Logan is currently an intern at Family Services Agency of the Central Coast (FSA), in Santa Cruz, California. Training at FSA allows her the opportunity to work with a variety of client populations, which she believes will make her a more rounded therapist. Logan feels honored to have a budding career in a field that she is passionate about that is dedicated to helping clients live their truth and find love within themselves.

Clinton E. Phillips Educational Foundation Scholarship – Kolmi Majumdar

kolm majumdar

Kolmi has devoted her professional work to the empowerment and health of youth and families for over twenty years. She was born and raised in the wild beauty and rich culture of Calcutta and later moved to California. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and served as a youth mentor, mentor-trainer, and development staff for Wilderness Youth Project. In 2005, Kolmi and her husband, as part of a small team, co-founded Quail Springs Permaculture, an educational nonprofit and land-based learning center in the Cuyama Valley, where she and her family lived and worked on the land and off-the-grid until 2014. Since then, she has worked as an administrative director of a nature-based early childhood program to support her family while she transitions into working as a psychotherapist. In 2017, Kolmi began the Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, working toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is finally making the career change to the work she feels called to do. While going to graduate school full time, and maintaining a traineeship at Hospice of Santa Barbara, she has continued to work 30 hours a week at her administrative job in order to support her family.

2020 Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship - Amber Williams

Amber WilliamsAmber strives on a daily basis to advocate for mental health issues and to further her knowledge on compelling topics. Her schizoaffective disorder has not been debilitating, but a ‘stepping stone’ to open her eyes to other people suffering from the same condition, and she shares her story as a testament to what you can conquer and be a positive light to someone else. Amber has gone from being a customer service representative, handling patients on a personal level as a certified nursing assistant (CNA), and being a flight attendant. Profoundly, each of these jobs has transformed the way she interacts, relates, and acts towards fellow human beings. Her father died when she was six months old, so she grew up in a single parent home. Amber was never able to see the potential of a middle aged black father with two kids, so when she does become a therapist she wants to help young men of color to reach their fullest potential with the help of therapy. Low income and middle class families will also be her focal point. She notes, “Often times the world is unforgiving, however the therapy room is a place where healing can begin. In my therapy sessions the humanness of a person will be able to shine through and take on the real world. I am striving to revolutionize therapy in my own way one client at a time.” She currently attends Northcentral University getting her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy and runs a mental health blog

2020 Mary Riemersma Distinguished Clinical Member - Larry Chamow, LMFT, PhD

Jason Linder, 2019 Ronald D Lunceford Scholarship recipient

Larry has a longstanding career dedicated to enhancing marriage and family therapy. He has been in clinical practice as an MFT for almost 4 decades and CAMFT member for over 25 years. In addition to practicing treating children, couples and families, he has also been an author of numerous articles and co-author of two books in the field of family practice. He has contributed significantly to AAMFT and AFTA, and his service to CAMFT specifically has been as a conference presenter. As a clinical professor at the University of San Diego for many years, he has provided the gold standard of ethical and sound leadership in our field. He has developed and taught a number of graduate level courses including, Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy and Theory and Application of Marriage and Family Therapy. Finally, Larry has supervised hundreds of interns throughout his career.



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