Thomas J. Pearsall, Jr. Scholarships

Thanks to the generous donation of Thomas J. Pearsall, Jr. the PCC is able to off three new scholarships for entering students in the psychoanalysis and psychotherapy tracks during the 2019-2020 academic year.  These scholarships will cover some of the costs associated with tuition, supervision and personal analysis. 

Pearsall Grantee Financial Application

Financial Application Deadline: April 10, 2019

Analytic TrainingOne new scholarship to be offered in Fall, 2019, will significantly reduce the cost of analytic training for one candidate.  Psychotherapy TrainingTwo new scholarships will be offered to reduce the costs of psychotherapy training significantly over a two year period.

Eligibility and Application Process:
All application materials and information will be kept confidential.

Mental health professionals who are new entrants into psychoanalytic training, who have applied to the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas (PCC) clinical training programs can apply for Pearsall grants by:
  1. submitting the PCC clinical training programs unified application due March 1, 2019, with supporting material due March 15, and
  2. submitting the separate scholarship application due April 10, 2019, with supporting materials due April 15.


Selection Criteria: 

  1. Candidates for Pearsall grants must be approved for admission to PCC’s Training and Education Center (TEC) during the regular spring admissions process for study beginning in the fall.  Normally, all three grants will be awarded during this cycle; however, if the number of admitted applicants is not sufficient to make three grants, one or more may be held for the fall admissions process.  We do not anticipate making fewer than three grants this year.
  2. Three applicants with the greatest demonstrated financial need will ultimately be chosen.

Selection Process:

  1. The Admissions Committee of TEC will consider all applicants to TEC, regardless of whether applicants have applied for financial aid.  For the purposes of awarding Pearsall grants, and for data-gathering for potential new sources of financial aid grants, the Admissions Committee will score all accepted applications based on the applicants’ ability to fully engage in the program.  
  2. The Admissions Committee, acting as the Pearsall selection committee, will use the PCC clinical training programs unified application in order to reach its decisions.
  3. An independent person with a financial background (most likely our accountant) will review the Pearsall Grantee applications.  That person will score each applicant’s financial need as follows:
    • determine an age-adjusted percentile rank of each selected applicant’s financial ability to pay for training based on:
      • a submitted personal financial statement, and
      • income from their two most recent income tax filings.
      • A personal statement from an applicant detailing additional financial facts that the applicant would like taken into account may be considered.
  4. The Admissions Committee will use the financial scores of each Pearsall applicant (scored by the accountant) to identify which program applicants are to be selected as Pearsall Grantees.  Specifically, they will identify one applicant to the psychoanalysis program and two psychotherapy applicants.  Awards will be made primarily based on financial need but taking into account the score regarding ability to fully engage in our program.   
  5. The PCC Board of Directors will award grants upon recommendations of the Admissions Committee.
  6. Pearsall grantees will normally be announced in spring.

We are grateful to Thomas J. Pearsall, Jr. for his support of psychoanalysis through the training and education programs of our Center.  Over his lifetime Tom has developed a deep appreciation of the arts and sciences, and he has a particular interest in psychoanalysis.  Recognizing the increasing cost of the required education and training for this field of study he hopes these scholarships will help increase the number of practitioners in NC and the southeast.  

PCC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, gender identity, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or identification, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and financial aid policies.