Timothy Burnett and Daniella Pettinari, both second year students in the Chicago campus Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program, were awarded the prestigious U.S. Army Medical Department Health Profession Scholarship. The scholarship, which includes full tuition, a $2,000 stipend, and a $20,000 signing bonus, is given to students pursuing graduate degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, psychiatric nursing, optometry or psychology. Students selected for the scholarship program will serve after graduation in active duty in their specific field and rise to the rank of captain. Nationwide, there were nearly 80 applicants, and only ten scholarships were awarded.
Tim Burnett has participated in many projects through the Community Partnerships Department such as: Illinois Connections for Families of the Fallen (ICFF), Prevail Health Solutions, and Illinois National Guard. Mr. Burnett is currently the Team Leader in a collaborative project between the Chicago School and ICFF, in which he is creating presentations to help families of fallen military personnel find resources and support to help cope with with their grief. Mr. Burnett also works with Prevail Health Solutions in creating web-based support networks for veterans in need of mental health services. Additionally, while working with the Chicago School's project with Illinois National Guard, Mr. Burnett created a training curriculum and written manual on effective decision-making skills used to coach young military personnel returning from deployment and presented it to Chaplains of Illinois National Guard.
Daniella Pettinari first realized her interest in the military when she was in eighth grade and attended a friend's graduation from the Air Force Academy. Ms. Pettinari works with Prevail Health Solutions by assisting in the development of web-based treatments for the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, Ms. Pettinari has worked with the National Guard Wounded Warrior Ministry Project in which she worked with a student team that researched strategies to provide to soldiers with skills to deal with life changes upon returning from deployment. Ms. Pettinari also worked with Illinois National Guard: Families of the Fallen providing support to children and families of fallen military personnel.