The American Counseling Association
2019 Graduate Student
Awards of Excellence

The nomination process for the 2019 ACA National Awards is now closed. Winners of the 2019 ACA National Awards were announced in February 2019.

Nominations for the 2020 ACA National Awards will open in the fall.


Welcome, graduate student members of the American Counseling Association!

The annual American Counseling Association Graduate Student Awards of Excellence, supported and sponsored by the American Counseling Association Foundation, are open to all graduate student members of the American Counseling Association.

Through these award programs, the American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation have been honored to recognize and reward an outstanding cadre of graduate students preparing for careers in the field of professional counseling.

Important Dates
The nomination process for the 2019 awards program is now closed and nominations are not currently being accepted. The 2019 awards recipients were announced in February 2019.

Nominations for the 2020 awards will be accepted in the fall of 2019.

The Awards
The American Counseling Association Graduate Student Awards of Excellence include four awards:

The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Master’s Degree Students
The American Counseling Association Graduate Student 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 American Counseling Association 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 Awards
The American Counseling Association Future School Counselors Awards recognize 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 awards are open to all ACA members enrolled in counseling-related graduate studies in the fall of 2018 at an accredited college or university working toward a career as a professional school counselor at the elementary, middle or high school level. These awards are sponsored by the Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust and the American Counseling Association Foundation.

The ACA Tomorrow's Counselors Awards
The American Counseling Association Tomorrow’s Counselors Awards recognize 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 awards are open to all ACA members enrolled in counseling-related graduate studies in the fall of 2018 at an accredited college or university working toward a career in mental health, private practice, community agency, agency, organization and related counseling settings. These awards are sponsored by Gerald and Marianne Corey, Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey and the American Counseling Association Foundation.

Supported and sponsored by the American Counseling Association Foundation.

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