GRADUATE STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION OVERVIEW

Essay Competitions
Two competitions for ACA student members are being held: 

Corey/Ivey Tomorrow’s Counselor Essay Competition - Supported by Gerald and Marianne Corey and Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey (open to all ACA members enrolled in counseling-related graduate studies in the fall of 2017 at an accredited college or university). This competition is open to students preparing to work in mental health, private practice, community agency, agency, organization and related counseling settings.

Ross Trust Future School Counselors Essay Competition  - Supported by the Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust (open to all ACA members enrolled in counseling-related studies in the fall of 2017 at an accredited college or university) leading to a career as a professional school counselor at the elementary, middle, or high school level.

Eligibility and Competition Rules

Only ACA student members can participate in the essay competitions. Participants may enter only one of the two competitions. 
    
Competitions are open to master's and doctoral level students. You must be a currently enrolled student (fall semester/term  2017), taking one or more graduate level courses at an accredited college or university.

For the ACA Future School Counselors Essay Competition, you must certify that you are working toward a career as a professional school counselor at the elementary, middle or high school level. 

Essays are to be 500 words or less in length, addressing an appropriate  theme from the list below, and submitted via the online essay submission form below (emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted) by January 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM, EST.  

Previous grand prize winners are not eligible, but runners up and honorable mentioned awardees may submit essays.

The decisions of the judges are final. All entrants, by the act of entering, grant the American Counseling Association and the ACA Foundation the right to publish their essay as part of the post-competition publicity in ACA’s Counseling Today magazine and on the ACA and ACA Foundation websites. There can be no substitution of prizes. 

Prizes

Corey/Ivey Graduate Student Essay Competition

Grand Prize Winner (1) - $500 grant, Complimentary registration to the ACA 2018 Conference & Expo, Publication of essay in Counseling Today

Runners-up (5) - $250 grant, Complimentary registration to the ACA 2018 Conference & Expo

Honorable Mention (10) - Complimentary registration to the ACA 2018 Conference & Expo

Ross Trust Future School Counselors Essay Competition

Grand Prize Winner (1) - $500 grant, Complimentary registration to the ACA 2018 Conference & Expo, Publication of essay in Counseling Today

Runners-up (5) - $250 grant, Complimentary registration to the ACA 2018 Conference & Expo

Honorable Mention (10) - Complimentary registration to the ACA 2018 Conference & Expo

Essay Theme

ACA student members wishing to participate in either essay competition must address one of the following themes:

Option A

Essay applicants for either the Tomorrow’s Counselors Competition or the Future School Counselors Competition can answer the following question:

As a professional counselor, how would you promote openness and inclusion in your work? Furthermore, how would you reach out and support under-served and underrepresented clients?

OR

Option B

Essay applicants should respond to the appropriate theme below:

Corey/Ivey Tomorrow's Counselors Competition

Strategies professional counselors can employ in addressing the current opiod crisis in America

Ross Trust / Future School Counselors Competition

The role of the professional school counselors in promoting career and college readiness with under-served and underrepresented students

Only one essay can be submitted. It is recommended that you write your essay in the program of choice and then copy and paste it into the online submission form below.  Please retain a copy of your essay in case there is a problem in transmission of your entry. Neither ACA nor the ACA Foundation is responsible if an entry does not reach us. Essay length is limited to 500 words. Entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on January 9, 2018. 

Create a new log in and submit your essay here.


Judging

All entries will be read by a team of experienced professional counselors and evaluated with respect to how effectively the essay addresses the subject and offers provocative insights into the profession of counseling and its future. Judges will want to see ideas well explained and supported, but will also be evaluating how effectively the essayist presented his/her view and how interesting that position will be seen by the counseling community at large.

Judging will be completed by late January so that winners can be notified in time to make plans to attend the ACA Conference & Expo, April 26-29 in Atlanta, Georgia. Grand prize and runners up winners will receive their grants at the ACA National Awards Ceremony.

Ready to enter?

Create a new log in and submit your essay here.
Submit to ACA by January 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm, EST.

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