Graduate Student Essay Competition Winners

American Counseling Association Foundation/Corey/Ivey

Tomorrow’s Counselors Essay Competition


Grand Prize (Tie)

  • Jessica L. Ryan, University of Wyoming (WY)
  • Lynne Shayko, Kent State University (OH)
Runners-up
  • Daksha Arora, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • James Ford, Texas Southern University (TX)
  • Olivia Houston, University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Kristen Ras, Concordia University (MO)
Honorable Mention
  • Julles Berky, University of Phoenix (UT)
  • Jamila Cainey, Montreat University (NC)
  • Melissa Burks, University of Houston (TX)
  • Sarah Fitchner, Kean University (NJ)
  • Melissa Kohberger, Centenary University (NJ)
  • Juan Pantoja-Patino, Marquette University (WI)
  • Ariann Rubino, Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Annalisa Smithson, Lehigh University (PA)
  • Peter Stieglmayr, Fordham University (NY)
  • Denise Whetstone, Wake Forest University (NC)


American Counseling Association Foundation/Ross Trust

Future School Counselors Essay Competition 


Grand Prize

  • Jennifer Dwiggins, College of William and Mary (VA)
Runners-up
  • Nadiya Boyce Rosen, University of West Georgia, (GA)
  • Steven Cooper, California State University – Sacramento (CA)
  • Isabella DiBileo, Marywood University (PA)
  • Beatriz Friedmann, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)
  • Kelly Leprohon, Long Island University – Brooklyn (NY)
Honorable Mention
  • Meghan Bradley, Monmouth College (NJ)v
  • Virginia Clemo, College of William and Mary (VA)
  • Rachel Corso, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)v
  • Joshua Denny, Geneva College (PA)
  • Jayd Eggert, University of Mary (ND)
  • Anastasia Przybyla, Chicago School for Professional Psychology (IL)
  • Adeline Roop, Hood College (MD)
  • Rachel Saunders, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC)
  • Phuong Tang, University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Kathryn Towns, Augusta University (GA)
  • Roger Rivers, Loyola Marymount University (CA)

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ACA Names National Award Winners

by Kathie Felix | Feb 28, 2018
The American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation are pleased to announce the 76 winners of their annual awards competitions for professional counselors and counseling students.

A total of 35 recipients were named in the American Counseling Association National Awards program. The awardees are listed online here.

Eight award winners were selected in the American Counseling Association Ethics Competition, four in the category of Master’s-Level Awards and four in the category of Doctoral-Level Awards. The winners are listed online here.

The American Counseling Association Foundation/Corey/Ivey Tomorrow’s Counselors Essay Competition named 16 winners and the American Counseling Association Foundation/Ross Trust Future School Counselors Essay Competition named 17 winners. They are listed online here.

The award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony at the American Counseling Association 2018 Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Ga., in April.

Congratulations to all!