National Awards

Each year, the American Counseling Association National Awards program recognizes and celebrates the achievements of ACA members who distinguish themselves through their work and, in doing so, enhance the field of professional counseling.

The ACA National Awards program salutes outstanding achievements by member counselors with 23 awards (listed below). Nominations for an ACA National Award must be made by an ACA member or by an ACA division/organizational affiliate, branch, region, or committee (unless stated otherwise).

All nominations for ACA 2018 National Awards must be submitted online by Nov. 12, 2017. Most award nominations require supporting material. Please review the general instructions and the list of awards below for detailed descriptions and requirements. All nominees and nominators will be notified of the outcome in early February 2018.

The ACA National Awards will be presented at a ceremony during the 2018 ACA Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Ga. Award recipients and their nominators will receive invitations to attend the awards ceremony held during the conference.

The ACA National Awards Committee hopes to see diversity in cultural identity among the award nominees, with the intention that these awards represent all professional counselors everywhere.

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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