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Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Master’s Degree Students


First Place

DePaul University
Team Members:
Courtney Griffin
Veronica McMillion
Anya Ross
Angela Sundstrom
(Dr. Alexandra Novakovic)

Second Place

Bowie State University
Team Members:
Carolyn Thorpe
Rachel Wagner
Nala Lovett 
(Dr. Kimberly Mills)

Third Place

Stetson University
Team Members:
Nicole King
Elizabeth Nicks
Melanie Strembel 
Amber Lee
(Dr. Jesse Fox)


The American Counseling Association (ACA) 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.


January 31, 2023 | 11:59pm ET


Winners will be notified the week of February 20, 2023


Members of the ACA Ethics Committee


The names of the team members and the names of the institutions of the winning teams will be published in Counseling Today and CT Online.

First Place Award:

  • $100 honorarium and a certificate of recognition for each student team member.
  • Complimentary registration for the 2023 ACA Conference and Expo (March 30-April 1, 2023), and recognition during event. Winners will receive further information at the time of award notification. 
  • Essay will be posted online. 

Second Place Award: $75 honorarium and a certificate of recognition for each student team member.

Third Place Award: $50 honorarium and a certificate of recognition for each student team member.

Honorable Mention Award: Certificate of recognition for each student team member.

Sponsor: The American Counseling Association Foundation

Eligibility, Rules and Criteria

  • Each student team member must be currently enrolled in good standing in a master's degree program in counseling or counselor education and must be enrolled for a minimum of three credits during the term when the competition will take place.
  • Each student and faculty member on a team must be a member of the American Counseling Association.

Expand lists below to read detailed criteria for master’s student candidates

  • Teams

  • Students

  • Faculty

  • Rubric Requirements

How to Apply

  • Submit an essay addressing this year's essay prompt, found below.
  • Each team member must provide their American Counseling Association member number at the time of submission. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
  • Registering on the American Counseling Association website to generate an ID number does not constitute membership. For information about membership, contact the membership department or call 800-347-6647.
  • By submitting an essay, teams and team members agree to allow their names and essay responses to be posted on CT Online.

Expand list below to read essay prompt for master’s student candidates

  • Essay Prompt

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