Counselor Education Scholarships

Counselor Education Student Scholarships and Grants

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The following scholarships are available each year.

Counselor Ed Scholarships and Awards

George and Mary Hood Award up to $1,000 
Deadline: April 15, annually

The George and Mary Hood Award is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding graduate students in the Master of Science in Counseling programs. Recipients must have a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours, academic talent, leadership qualities, and exemplify altruism. Recipients may maintain the scholarship until graduation with successful completion of course work.  This merit-based scholarship pays up to $1000 a year while you are taking classes in the program. The award is sometimes split between two deserving students. If you have completed 18 credit-hours, have at least a 3.75 GPA, and feel you meet the above criteria, please submit a 3000 characters (maximum) essay addressing the above-referenced criteria. Please speak to how you, as a student in the Counselor Education Program, contribute positively to your peers, future clients, and the profession through leadership qualities and the practice of altruism.  You can re-apply each year. Please see the above link for qualifications and instructions on how to apply. 

Stetson Counselor Education Research and Scholarly Activity Awards up to $3,000
Deadline: February 1, annually

The Stetson Department of Counselor Education Research Award is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding graduate students currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Counseling program. Students must provide a summary of past, current, or near-future research and scholarly activities (e.g., journal article, research study, conference presentation, community-based project). Recipients must meet the following criteria: (a) a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours, (b) a 3.75 GPA, (c) research experience, and (d) a well-developed research proposal. Students must submit a poster board of their research within one (1) year of receiving the award. The faculty in the Department of Counselor Education utilize this resource to define research and scholarly activities. This merit-based scholarship pool consists of up to $3,000 towards scholarly activity.  Please submit a 3000 characters (maximum) summary of your past, current, or near-future research and/or community-based activities.

The Stetson Counselor Education Ethics Award up to $1,000 per team
Deadline: September 15, annually – Special Extension to October 15, 2019

The Stetson Counselor Education Ethics Award is a merit-based award that is intended to promote knowledge and skills of ethics in professional counseling. In addition, the Counselor Education department encourages student involvement in the ACA Ethics Competition that takes place annually. To be eligible for the award, students must form a team and apply for the Stetson Counselor Education Ethics Awards. The team that receives the award is required to submit their proposal to the ACA Graduate Student Ethics Award for Master’s Degree Students.  For submission guidelines for the Stetson Counselor Education Ethics Award, please follow the guidelines for the application found on the ACA’s website. In addition, applicant teams must complete COUN 502 – Legal, Ethical, & Professional Issues during or before applying for the award. This merit-based scholarship pays up to $1000 to divide among the team.

Public Scholarships and Awards for Counselor Ed Students

ACA Member Scholarships $100 Honorarium
Deadline: December

The American Counseling Association Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Master's Degree Students recognize exceptional, demonstrable understanding of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, the foundation of ethical professional counseling practice. Each student team member must be currently enrolled in good standing in a master's degree program in counseling or counselor education and must be enrolled for a minimum of three credits during the term when the competition will take place.

CFAMFT  $500 Award
Deadline: November

Each year the Central Florida Association of Marriage and Family Therapy awards a scholarship to a deserving graduate student. This scholarship is known as the Generation to Generation Student Scholarship; Nurturing Professional Excellence. The Generation to Generation Student Scholarship; Nurturing Professional Excellence was named in honor of one of CFAMFT’s former members who believed the fundamental motivation for the scholarship was to make a statement exhibiting a commitment to the future of marriage and family therapy. Students must be enrolled in a full-time graduate program in marriage and family therapy or a mental health counseling program with a systemic orientation. An essay topic will be selected by the board each year and needs to reflect a systemic approach in the response. Announcement of the essay competition is mailed out to all graduate programs at the start of the fall semester. Essays are reviewed by a committee of CFAMFT members. Once a decision is made, the recipient is notified, as he or she must be present at the holiday breakfast in order to be appropriately honored.

Clinton E Phillips Scholarship $4,000 avg.
Deadline: January 4

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Educational Foundation. One-time award for licensed marriage and family therapists pursuing advanced training in an accredited or approved degree program in marriage or family therapy. Membership in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists is encouraged and preference is given to its members. Must submit transcript, essay and statement of financial need with the application.

NBCC Military Scholarship Five scholarships $8,000 each
Deadline: July 31 annually

The NBCC Foundation military scholarships for service members, veterans and their spouses pursuing a career in professional counseling. The military scholarship was created to increase the number of counselors available to serve military personnel and families. These scholarships provide financial support to students who are currently enrolled in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs-accredited, masters-level counseling program; are active duty, have served in the military, or are a military spouse; and who commit to serve military personnel within one year of graduation for the duration of a minimum of at least two years post-graduation.

NBCCF Rural Scholarship Five scholarships $8,000 each
Deadline: July 31 annually

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 fall rural scholarships for students pursuing a career in professional counseling. The rural scholarships were created to increase the number of counselors available to serve people in rural areas. These scholarships provide financial support to students who are currently enrolled in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs-accredited counseling master’s program, live in a rural area and commit to serve rural populations within one year of graduation for the duration of a minimum of at least two years post-graduation.

NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for MH Counselors 30 scholarships $10,000 each
Deadline: January

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 application period for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors. This program is made possible by a grant awarded to the NBCC Foundation by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The NBCC Foundation will administer up to 30 masters-level counseling fellowships of $10,000, plus the travel expenses to participate in program-related training for mental health counseling students. The NBCC MFP helps ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being. Minorities include but are not limited to racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, rural or military groups. By strategically promoting and providing fellowships to masters-level counseling students, the NBCC MFP strengthens the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors.