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Graduate Student Awards and Essay Competitions

The American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation are honored to present the Graduate Student Awards of Excellence and Essay Competitions to recognize and reward an outstanding cadre of graduate students preparing for careers in the field of professional counseling.  

Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Master’s Degree Students

The Ethics Awards for Master’s Degree Students recognize exceptional, demonstrable understanding of the ACA Code of Ethics, the foundation of ethical professional counseling practice. The awards are open to all American Counseling Association members enrolled in a master’s degree program in counseling or counselor education. ACA member students must be enrolled for a minimum of three credits during the term when the awards application process takes place.

The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Doctoral Degree Students

The Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Doctoral Degree Students recognize exceptional, demonstrable understanding of the ACA Code of Ethics, the foundation of ethical professional counseling practice. The awards are open to all American Counseling Association members enrolled in a doctoral program in counseling or counselor education. ACA member students must be enrolled for a minimum of three credits during the term when the awards application process takes place.

The ACA Future School Counselors Essay Competition

The Future School Counselors essay competition recognizes graduate counseling students with exceptional insight and understanding about the school counseling profession and the work of professional school counselors who interact with elementary, middle school or high school students. The essay competition is open to all ACA members enrolled in counseling-related graduate studies in the fall of 2020 at an accredited college or university working toward a career as a professional school counselor at the elementary, middle or high school level. The essay competition is sponsored by the Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust and the American Counseling Association Foundation.

Future School Counselors essay submission form

The ACA Tomorrow's Counselors Essay Competition

The American Counseling Association Tomorrow’s Counselors essay competition recognizes graduate counseling students with exceptional insight and understanding about the counseling profession and the work of professional counselors in mental health, private practice, community agency, agency, organization or related counseling settings. The essay competition is open to all ACA members enrolled in counseling-related graduate studies in the fall of 2020 at an accredited college or university working toward a career in mental health, private practice, community agency, agency, organization and related counseling settings. The essay competition is sponsored by Gerald and Marianne Corey, Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey and the American Counseling Association Foundation.

Tomorrow's Counselor essay submission form

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