National Awards

Recognizing Outstanding Achievement Since 1956

Call for nominations is currently closed.  Please click here for a list of the 2015 National Award winners.  2016 National Award nominations will open September 2015.


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 2015 National Awards, all nominations must be submitted electronically by November 3, 2014 to Some awards require supporting material. For detailed information about each award and the nomination process, please download the National Awards Nomination Packet below.

Nomination forms and biographical information may be submitted electronically using the PDF documents below.

The National Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony during the ACA 2015 Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL, March 12-15. Award recipients and their nominators will receive invitations to attend the awards reception at the Conference. Award decisions are based on the criteria and requirements outlined in the Nomination Packet. The Chair of the Awards Committee will notify all nominees and nominators of final decisions in January, 2015.


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