ACA Future School Counselors Awards


The nomination process for the 2019 ACA National Awards is now closed. Winners of the 2019 ACA National Awards will be announced in February 2019. Nominations for the 2020 ACA National Awards will open in the fall.


Background and Purpose

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.

Deadline:  Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Judges:  ACA Awards Committee

Grand Prize Award:
A $2,000 honorarium and complimentary ACA Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included).
Recognition and presentation of the award at the Conference.
Essay Published in Counseling Today. 
Featured on the ACA website.

First Prize Award:
A $750 honorarium and complimentary ACA Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included).
Recognition and presentation of the award at the Conference.
Bio published on the ACA website.

Second Prize Award:
A $500 honorarium and complimentary ACA 2019 Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included).
Recognition and presentation of the award at the Conference.

Honorable Mention Awards (2 awards):
Complimentary ACA Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included).

Sponsor: The Roland and Dorothy Ross Trust and the American Counseling Association Foundation


 

Eligibility, Rules and Criteria

The American Counseling Association Future School Counselors Awards are open to counseling graduate students in master’s degree and doctoral degree programs working toward a career in school counseling at the elementary, middle school or high school level.

  • Awards applicants must be enrolled in counseling-related graduate studies in the fall of 2018.
  • Awards applicants must be American Counseling Association student members. Join or renew your membership.
  • Awards applicants may enter only one of the following two awards tracks: the 2019 American Counseling Association Future School Counselors Awards or the 2019 American Counseling Association Tomorrow’s Counselors Awards.
  • Previous American Counseling Association Future School Counselors Award Grand Prize awardees are not eligible to apply for these awards. Previous winners of ACA Future School Counselors awards in other categories (First Place through Honorable Mention) may apply for the 2019 Future School Counselors Awards.
  • Applicants for the American Counseling Association Future School Counselors Award must certify that they are working toward a career as a professional school counselor at the elementary, middle school or high school level.
  • Only one essay can be submitted by each American Counseling Association student member.

All entries will be read by a team of experienced professional counselors and evaluated in terms of how effectively each 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. They will be evaluating how effectively the essayist presents his/her view and how interesting that position will be to the counseling community at large.

The decisions of the judges are final. There can be no substitution of prizes. 

How to Apply

Awards applicants must submit via the Awards submission site, an essay of 500 words or less, addressing the theme:

The effectiveness of school counseling is directly tied to student outcomes. What is the most desirable outcome that counseling can produce in schools and how can professional school counselors demonstrate that it is happening?

  • It is recommended that awards program entrants write their essay in a software program of their choice, save it and then copy and paste the essay into the online submission form. Keep a copy of the essay in case there is a problem in the electronic transmission of the awards entry.
  • Neither the American Counseling Association nor the American Counseling Association Foundation is responsible if an entry does not reach the Awards program submission queue.
  • All entrants, by the act of entering, grant the American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation the right to publish their name and their essay as part of the post-competition publicity in the American Counseling Association’s Counseling Today magazine and on the American Counseling Association and American Counseling Association Foundation web sites.
  • Awards program entrants can review previous winning Grand Prize essays.

Application Checklist: 

  • Check ACA membership status.
  • Submit an essay meeting all award requirements.


Supported and sponsored by the American Counseling Association Foundation.



Previous Awardees

2018

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 Leprophon, Long Island University, Brooklyn (NY)

Honorable Mentions:
Meghan Bradley, Monmouth College (NJ)
Virginia Clemo, College of William and Mary (VA)
Rachel Corso, Edinboro University (PA)
Joshua Denny, Geneva College (PA)
Jayd Eggert, University of Mary (ND)
Anastasia Przybyla, Chicago School for Professional Psychology (IL)
Roger Rivers, Loyola Marymount University (CA)
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)


2017

Grand Prize: 
Mitra Ghandeharizadeh, Johns Hopkins University (MD) 

Runners-Up:
Trista Bruns, Plymouth State University (NH)
Jennifer Debevec, San Francisco State University (CA)
Katie Hanson, University of North Dakota (ND)
Claire Randall, Liberty University (VA)
Nicholas White, Alfred University (NY)

Honorable Mentions:
Megan Dunn, Monmouth University (NJ)
Jennifer Dwiggins, College of William & Mary (VA)
Jacqueline Iloh, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
Marcus Peerman, Virginia State University (VA)
Margaret Scally, Trinity Washington University (DC)
Austen Winkler, College of William & Mary (VA)
Rebecca Yellen, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi (TX)


2016

Grand Prize:
Robin Lane, University of Texas at Austin 

Runners-Up:
Alexandra Cooper, Adams State University
Paige Haecker, Loyola University Maryland
Rebecca Hickey, University of Saint Joseph
Margaret Scally, Trinity Washington University
Meg Underwood, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne

Honorable Mentions:
Kevon Bruce, California University of Pennsylvania
Kimberly Crawford, Central Michigan University
Coleen Holliday, University of Arizona
Jessica Mason, Virginia State University
Kevin O’Sullivan, New Mexico Highlands University
Maureen Raj, Andrews University
Austen Winkler, College of William and Mary


2015

Grand Prize:
Christine Marie Quilpa, University of Virginia

Runners-Up:
Shea Daniels, Ohio University, Chillicothe
Natalie Simone Diggs, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kara Hiltz, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Aaron Mandel, New Jersey City University
Matthew Nice, Marywood University


2014

Grand Prize:
 
Claire Nawojchik, University of Virginia

Runners-Up:
Mary Feamster, Appalachian State University
Miranda Pool, Vanderbilt University
Laura Preston, Campbell University
Danielle Sheppard, Northeastern Illinois University
MaryBeth Yeaman, Purdue University

Honorable Mentions:
Emily Bess, University of Virginia
Sisi L. Chen, University of Rochester Warner School of Education 
Emily R. Hess, The George Washington University
Norma Leaf, Johns Hopkins University
Joe Murphy Jr, University of Tennessee
Amanda Shapiro, Purdue University
Holly Shepherd, University of Virginia
Kristin Studle, Eastern Kentucky University
Tyler W. Wasson, Northwest Nazarene University
Jessie Youngblood, University of Northern Colorado


2013

Grand Prize: 
Jessica A. Jackson, Loyola University

Runners-Up:
Mary Carideo, DePaul University
Elizabeth Drumm, Xavier University
Susan Gallagher, George Washington University
Ora C. Smith, Central Michigan University
Angeline T. P. Teoh, Regent University

Honorable Mentions:
Emily Adams, Fairfield University  
Oyundelger Enkhtur, Western Michigan University
Adam M. Hanson, Old Dominion University
Kristen Hauck, Virginia Tech/Falls Church
Lynn Heramis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Angela Ness, Capella University 
Rosalie Pleiman, University of Dayton
Chimela Soublet, Our Lady of Holy Cross College
Andrea Sulek, Eastern Michigan University
Bryn Thatcher, Bowling Green State University and State University 

 
2012

Grand Prize: 
Stacey Davidson

Runners-Up:
Monica Monismith
Katie Myers
Courtney Marie Oliver
Andrew Ritsema

Honorable Mentions:
Amy C. Beal
Bonnie-Marguerite Benbow
Miriam E. Eisenmenger
Catherine Getty
Tami Hillhouse 
Emily Hindman
Michelle Malacrida
Sujata Mirchandani
Chris Mourtokokis
Janee Nesbitt
Lauren O’Connor
Cherése  Riggs
Caroline E. Roy
Leslie Scheck
Jessica E. Schnittka


2011

Grand Prize:
Jessica Morris, Louisiana State University

Runners-Up:
Jennifer Berry, Clemson University
Holly Elizabeth Salters, Missouri Baptist University
Jacquelyn Scott-Bell, George Mason University
Sarah Smitter, University of San Diego

Honorable Mentions:
Mary Sinclair, University of Texas at San Antonio
Ashley Woolledge, Our Lady of the Holy Cross College
Christi Venable, George Washington University
Jennifer Hasselbeck, Louisiana State University
Mwesigwa John, Kyambogo University
Judith Slowey-Brown, Virginia Tech, Falls Church
Elizabeth Jensen, Winona State University
Sarah VanBroekhoven, University of South Florida


2010

Grand Prize:
Brenda Medina-Guzman, Wayne State University

Runners-Up:
Clare L. Mulach, Ohio University
Candice Roberson, Slippery Rock University
Xavier Lovo, San Francisco State University
Roshanda L. Neal, Missouri Baptist University


2009

Master’s Level:
Kristine Doyle, Wake Forest University
Matthew Ganderson, Old Dominion University
Kimberly Gibson, Radford University
Amanda Gohl, University of Detroit Mercy
Helen Kruskam, University of Georgia
Emily Love, Purdue University
Patrick Mullen, University of Central Florida
Rebecca Newell, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Liane C. Pereira, Central Washington University
Katie Winder, Stetson University

Doctoral Level:
Eric Davis, University of Florida
Rebekah Farris, Old Dominion University
Jessica Fournier, University of New Orleans
Kara Ieva, University of Central Florida
April Sikes, Old Dominion University



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