The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 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 masterís 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.
Five scholarships in the amount of $8,000 are available.
-Applicants must be enrolled in a CACREP-accredited counseling masterís program.
-Applicants must reside in a rural area as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
-Applicants must be currently enrolled full time for the fall 2020 semester and be in good standing in a CACREP-accredited counseling masterís-level program. Applicants must have taken courses during the spring 2020 semester. Applicants may not have a pending status, deferred status, or other future start date for coursework.
-Applicants are expected to graduate by December 31, 2023 (within three years of the date of the scholarship funding).
-Eligible applicants must not have an anticipated program completion date before May 1, 2021, which will be verified in writing by their academic department prior to the awarding of funds.
-Applicants must commit to becoming board certified by applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification prior to graduation and to completing the application process.
-Applicants must commit to providing mental health services in a rural area within one year of graduation and for the duration of a minimum of at least two years post-graduation.
To check the CACREP status of a program, search the CACREP website: https://www.cacrep.org/directory/
The application opens June 1, 2020, and the deadline is July 31, 2020.
Scholarship awardees will be announced by the end of October 2020.
For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (https://nbccf.org/Assets/Scholarship_FAQ.pdf) or e-mail email@example.com.