ACA Future School Counselors Awards

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.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

**NOTE:  If this is the first time you have submitted a nomination, you must create an account.  The email and password for the awards submission system may or may NOT be the same as your ACA website email and password.  They are different systems, and are not linked.

Submissions must be received by Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.

Send questions about eligibility criteria or other parts of the application process HERE
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