National Awards

Recognizing Outstanding Achievement Since 1956

Each year, the American Counseling Association recognizes and celebrates achievements of counseling professionals who have distinguished themselves professionally, as well as through service to others.

For the ACA 2016 National Awards, all nominations must be submitted online by November 3, 2015. For detailed information about each award and how to submit a nomination, please see instructions below.

The National Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony during the ACA 2016 Conference & Expo in Montreal, Canada, March 31 - April 3.  Award recipients and their nominators will receive invitations to attend the awards ceremony at the Conference.  Award decisions are based on the criteria and requirements outlined in the nomination guidelines.   All nominees and nominators will be notified of final decisions in January, 2016.

1.)  Read the 2016 National Awards Packet for award descriptions, criteria and requirements, and nomination guidelines.
2.)  Prepare nomination materials (can be uploaded as one document or several different documents).
3.)  Submit nomination (members only)*
*Nonmembers submitting a nomination for the Dr. Judy Lewis Counselors for Social Justice Award please click here.

All nominations must be submitted via the online form above.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Deadline:  November 3, 2015 

If you have any questions, please contact Christie Lum with Leadership Services at or (800) 347-6647, x264.


Click the individual award links below to see listings of past recipients.

Past National Award Recipients

  • 50th Branch Anniversary Award

  • AACD Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award

  • AACD Distinguished Professional Service Award

  • AACD Extended Research Award

  • AACD Government Relations Awards

  • AACD Local, State Branch, and Regional Award

  • AACD Nancy C. Wimmer Award

  • AACD National Legislative Service Award

  • AACD Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award

  • ACA Best Practices Award

  • ACA Counselor Educator Advocacy Award

  • ACA Extended Research Award

  • ACA Fellow Award

  • ACA Local, State Branch, and Regional Award

  • ACA National Legislative Service Award

  • ACA Presidential Award

  • ACA Professional Development Award

  • ACA Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award

  • ACA Research Award

  • ACA State Branch Advocacy Award

  • APGA Distinguished Professional Service Award

  • APGA Local, State Branch, and Regional Award

  • APGA National Legislative Service Award

  • APGA Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award

  • Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award

  • Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award

  • Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award

  • David K. Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award

  • Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award

  • Dr. Judy Lewis Counselors for Social Justice Award

  • Federal Legislative Service Award

  • Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award

  • Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian & Caring Person

  • Glen E. Hubele National Graduate Student Award

  • Kitty Cole Human Rights Award

  • Presidential Mission Award

  • Robert H. Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award

  • Samuel T. Gladding Unsung Heroes Award

  • Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visionary Leadership and Advocacy