Counselor Education Scholarships

Counselor Education Scholarships and Grants

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Counselor Ed Scholarships and Awards

George and Mary Hood Scholarship up to $1,000
Deadline: April 30, annually

The *George W. and Mary T. Hood Endowed Scholarship 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. The scholarship is only available to students who will be enrolled at Stetson University in the following academic year after completing the application. 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 6 credit-hours, have at least a 3.00 GPA, and feel you meet the above criteria, please submit a 3,000-character (500 to 600 words)(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. *The George W. and Mary T. Hood Endowed Scholarship is funded by the George W. and Mary T. Hood Endowed Fund.

Stetson Counselor Education Research and Scholarly Activity Awards up to $3,000
Deadline: Spring March 30; Fall October 15, annually

Spring 2021 Deadline Extended to April 30th!

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) for which they are seeking funding. In addition, students must submit (a) a plan for when they will submit a poster board of their research within one (1) year of receiving the award to the department and (b) a detailed budget outline of expenses. Recipients must meet the following criteria: (a) a minimum of 6 graduate credit hours, (b) a 3.0 GPA, and (c) a well-developed proposal. The faculty in the Department of Counselor Education utilize the following resource to define research and scholarly activities. If you have questions regarding the suitability of your proposal for the award, please contact Dr. Jesse Fox. This merit-based scholarship pool consists of up to $3,000 towards the scholarly activity. Please submit a 3,000-character (500 to 600 words) (maximum) summary of your past, current, or near future research and/or community-based or activities. *The Stetson Counselor Education Research and Scholarly Activity Awards is funded by George W. and Mary T. Hood Endowed Fund.

The Stetson Counselor Education Ethics Award up to $1,000 per team
Deadline: December, annually

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. All team members must have completed 6 credits hours toward their masters degree. 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

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

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 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.

AAMFT Research and Education Foundation's Fellowships Full Stipend, Education, Travel support 1 year
Deadline: January/February, annually

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation exists to fund systemic and relational research, scholarship, and education in an effort to support and enhance the practice of systemic and relational therapies; advance the health care continuum, and improve client outcomes. The Minority Fellowship Program supports the training of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse researchers and practitioners. Minority Fellowship Program Youth Fellowship is for masters students interested in service provision to the nation’s youth.  The AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program is open to all master's level students in Marriage and Family Therapy programs.

Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program 
Deadline: April 15

The Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program (IMFP) is a newly awarded, grant funded program from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The purpose of the fellowship is to identify, select, and support the training of ethnic minority graduate students who commit to significantly improving the quality of care provided to ethnic and racial minorities who have a mental or cooccurring mental and substance use disorder.  The fellowship is directly related to efforts to reduce health disparities among ethnic minorities in the U.S. by filling a crucial need for mental health professionals in psychology, nursing, social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and substance use and addictions counseling.

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

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 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 Program (CACREP) accredited, master’s-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 2021 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 (CACREP)-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.

Clinton E Phillips Scholarship $4,000 average award
Deadline: November 6, 2021

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 a transcript, essay and statement of financial need with the application.

CFAMFT $1,000 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. The 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.

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.