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Glenn Koons Certified Peer Specialist Scholarship

Glenn Koons with Marlee Maitlin on July 27, 2010 in Washington DC Photo description: Glenn Koons in Washington DC
Glenn Koons' personality and skills led him to become a Certified Peer Specialist who helped guide people through their mental health recovery journeys. Whether at work or with friends, he brought hope and smiles to people.

The Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association have committed to honoring Glenn through the creation of a scholarship to be awarded to a promising Pennsylvania candidate for Certified Peer Specialist training. This scholarship is awarded annually to someone who embraces similar traits as Glenn's, such as the ability to engage others, share life experiences in recovery, provide leadership, and teach others these skills.

2016 Scholarship: And the Winner is ....

Diane WhiteDiane F. White, Glenn Koons Scholarship Recipient, Fights the Good Fight

A social worker by calling, Diane F White, has spent much of her life working in and outside of the behavioral health system to challenge practices that perpetuate racism, sexism, gender and sexuality discrimination, and segregation. A community activist by passion, she aims to always speak truth to power in her community, a disinvested area of the city, where her neighbors live with the realities of poverty and disenfranchisement.

But the one person Diane has not always supported is herself. As an adult, she was diagnosed with extreme anxiety and depression, as well as PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] related to childhood and adult traumas. Through the diagnosis process, she realized that to help others, she has to take care of herself first. Read Diane's story.

Past Winners

Make a Donation

We rely on the financial support of individuals and organizations like you to make this annual scholarship possible. This year, please consider a gift. Your support will enable us to continue this tribute to a wonderful person, who guided the recovery of so many. And by giving to the scholarship, you’re helping to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of people in mental health recovery.


Make a donation online using PayPal:

By check:

Write a check payable to PA Mental Health Consumers Association (PMHCA) and mail to:

4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Attention: Glenn Koons Scholarship

All donors will receive recognition when the scholarship is awarded.

Meet Our Donors

Meet our donors. Thank you to our donors who have made this scholarship possible.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact:

Lynn Keltz, Executive Director
PA Mental Health Consumers' Association
4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Sue Walther, Executive Director
Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania
1414 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103

The official registration and financial information of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.