An Education that Provides a New Perspective

July 19, 2013

Scharnelle Hamlin (MEd ’13) returned to school to gain the skills she needed in her work motivating adults with mental health disabilities. “In class, I learned how to take on new perspectives that now help me see things from my clients’ point of view,” Hamlin says. Today, she is a mental health clinician for the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board in Virginia, where she supports adults with mental health disabilities by helping them manage their medication, apply for disability assistance and become more informed about their health.

In recognition of her academic and professional success, Hamlin was presented the Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the regional commencement ceremony at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes a distinguished graduate student who maintained a 4.0 grade point average and who has advanced in her career, personal life and community.

Hamlin previously worked as a rehabilitation counselor for Sussex II State Prison, where she was named Outstanding Counselor of the Quarter for two consecutive years. Having served in the U.S. Air Force, she was also a security forces member at Lackland Air Force Base.

A resident of Surry, Va., Hamlin has a passion for giving back to the community. She participates in several charitable events throughout the year to raise money for organizations such as Susan G. Komen and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

In addition to earning a master’s degree from Strayer University, Hamlin holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

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