Mary Margaret Valenti Scholarship

To Support the Professional Development of Certified Peer Specialists in partnership with the DC Department of Behavioral Health.

 The Woodley House-Mary Margaret Valenti Scholarship supports the professional development of people enrolled in, or who have recently completed, the DC Department of Behavioral Health’s Certified Peer Specialist Certification Program. This program trains those with ‘lived experience’ in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorder to be certified to assist peers in their recovery and wellness.

A Certified Peer Specialist or Recovery Coach is a model for personal recovery and ongoing coping skills. Participants learn how to help others develop goals, monitor their own progress and to advocate for effective services.  They help individuals regain control over their lives and their own recovery process. Certification helps to qualify for Certified Peer Specialist jobs within the behavioral health community.

This Scholarship is named in honor of Mary Margaret Valenti, an extraordinary woman and tireless champion for men and women affected by behavioral health disorders. This scholarship is dedicated to her memory and funded by Woodley House and her many friends and family.

Scholarship Purpose

The scholarship will provide monetary support to persons who face financial challenges while enrolled in Peer Specialist Certification or Peer Recovery Coaching Certification courses or completing their in-field internships. 


Adults who are currently enrolled in or completed a Certification Program for Peer Support or Peer Recovery Coaching at the DC Department of Behavioral Health.

Use of Scholarship Funds

We understand that people face various challenges while taking or after completing the Peer Specialist Certification Training.  This includes things such as: money for transportation to/from classes or in-field internships; money to buy meals during classes or while interning; purchasing supplies; purchasing professional clothing for internships; tuition for additional coursework. Any of these are appropriate requests from the Scholarship Fund.  If you have others, please tell us about them. While we can’t meet all needs, we want to assist in your professional development to the extent that we can.                                            


APPLICATION SUBMISSION:  Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Scholarship opportunity is on hold temporarily.  Please check back for more information.


Non-discrimination Statement: Woodley House, Inc. is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its services on the basis of race, color, disability, gender or national origin, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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