The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and Affiliates seeks to advance the profession of counseling, health equity, and access to mental health services across the globe through counselor certification and capacity building. NBCC offers national certification with foundational eligibility requirements defined by counselors, accountable to counselors, and serving as a model for regulatory licensure requirements. 

Together, NBCC, along with our affiliates, the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE), and the NBCC Foundation (NBCCF), support counselors and other mental health professionals through credentialing, education, scholarships, and legislative efforts to expand equitable access to mental health care.

NBCCF's mission is to: leverage the power of counseling to advance global health equity through expanded access to counseling and mental health services. Its primary objectives are to increase the number of counselors and Mental Health Facilitators working with high-priority populations and to engage them in becoming innovators of counseling practices that benefit underserved communities.

Scholarshipsfellowships, and capacity-building grants, are the primary tools for accomplishing these objectives. NBCCF's strategy is to award scholarships and fellowships to individuals pursuing careers as professional counselors who are affiliated with high-priority populations and commit to serving them after graduation. Capacity-building grants fund expansion efforts to increase mental health resources in rural and minority communities where access to mental health care is extremely limited. Scholars and Fellows participate in innovation training to expand effective practice in their communities. 

Use the forms below to apply to open opportunities! 

*Please note that application forms will appear below by 12:00 AM EST on the date the application opens. If no forms appear below, please check back on the open date of the application period. 

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the Domestic Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) scholarships. These scholarships are made possible by generous corporate support from the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). 

The goal of this scholarship program is to increase the number of available professional counselors providing quality career development services. In doing so, the GCDF scholarship program plays an important role in the Foundation’s mission to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. 

Six (6) domestic scholarships of up to $1,000 each are available to cover the costs of CCE-approved GCDF training. You can find a list of CCE-approved GCDF training providers on their website. Training must be chosen within 12 months and an invoice or bill must be submitted to the NBCC Foundation. Funds will be remitted directly to the approved training provider. CCE reserves the right to adjust the award if the tuition is less than the award amount.  

Eligibility requirements include the following:  


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. 
  • Must possess a high school diploma/GED, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate degree. 
  • Must be seeking initial GCDF credential.  
  • Must commit to providing career counseling services for 2 years.  


The application opens May 31, 2024, and the application deadline is Aug. 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Scholarship awardees will be announced by the end of December 2024.  

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or email foundation@nbcc.org

If you experience any issues with the Submittable application platform, please email: Support@submittable.com

CCE provides the funding for these awards, which the NBCC Foundation administers on CCE’s behalf. 

 

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the International Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) scholarships. These scholarships are made possible by generous corporate support from the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). 

The goal of this scholarship program is to increase the number of available professional counselors providing quality career development services. In doing so, the GCDF scholarship program plays an important role in the Foundation’s mission to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. 

Two (2) international scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each are available. 

Eligibility requirements include the following:  


  • Must either hold an active GCDF credential in good standing and be enrolled in an advanced education program in counseling (or advanced education program covering one or more GCDF competency areas, as appropriate to their country) OR be a student currently enrolled in both a GCDF training program and a post-bachelor’s counseling program (or advanced education course covering one or more GCDF competency areas, as appropriate to their country).  
  • Must commit to providing GCDF services for 2 years.  


The application opens May 31, 2024, and the deadline is Aug. 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Scholarship awardees will be announced by the end of December 2024. 

For questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Please contact the Foundation at foundation@nbcc.org with any additional questions.  

If you experience any issues with the Submittable application platform, please email: Support@submittable.com

CCE provides the funding for these awards, which the Foundation administers on CCE’s behalf. 

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity available through a partnership with the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE). This program provides financial assistance to individuals pursuing the training necessary for the Board Certified Coach (BCC) certification. Five (5) awards of up to $3,000 each are available to cover the costs of CCE-approved BCC training. You can find a list of CCE-approved BCC training providers on their website.  

Training must be chosen within 12 months and an invoice or bill must be submitted to the NBCC Foundation. Funds will be remitted directly to the approved training provider. CCE reserves the right to adjust the award if the tuition is less than the award amount.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:  
 

  • Not currently or previously certified as a BCC.  
  • Commit to applying for the BCC within 12 months of completion of the BCC training. The BCC certification requires 2,500 hours of post-degree coaching experience working with individuals, groups, or organizations over a period of at least 5 years. 
  • Demonstrate exceptional coaching potential through one or more of the following: 
  1. Access to the population in need of coaching or working in a setting conducive to coaching. 
  2. Background in leadership. 
  3. Hold or are pursuing a degree from a relevant program.  


The application opens May 31, 2024, and the application deadline is Aug. 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm EDT.
Scholarship awardees will be announced by the end of December 2024.  

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or email foundation@nbcc.org.

If you experience any issues with the Submittable application platform, please email: Support@submittable.com.

CCE provides the funding for these awards, which the NBCC Foundation administers on CCE’s behalf. 


In the spirit of promoting our efforts toward increasing the capacity of capable counselors to service clients at the highest standards of clinical practice for the counseling profession, the NBCC Foundation in partnership with the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) is pleased to announce the Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) training award. The BC-TMH award increases the reach and professional development of counselors throughout the nation. 

Twenty (20) awards in the amount of $500 each are available.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Currently be a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with no ethical holds OR must hold an active counseling license or a license in a relevant mental health field issued by their state of residence with no ethical holds.  
  • Must currently hold a master’s degree or higher in a mental health field. Degrees must be from a postsecondary educational institution or program accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.  
  • Have clinical experience in providing mental health or substance abuse counseling services.  
  • Commit to completing CCE-approved telemental health (TMH) training within 12 months of receiving the award.  
  • Commit to applying for the BC-TMH credential within 12 months of completion of the TMH training.  

 

The application opens May 31, 2024, and the application deadline is Aug. 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Scholarship awardees will be announced by the end of December 2024. 

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or email foundation@nbcc.org

If you experience any issues with the Submittable application platform, please email: Support@submittable.com

CCE provides the funding for these awards, which the NBCC Foundation administers on CCE’s behalf. 

In the spirit of promoting our efforts toward the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential and maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice for the counseling profession, the NBCC Foundation in partnership with CCE is pleased to announce the NBCC Foundation ACS Training Award. The ACS award advances the professional identity and development of counselors throughout the nation. 

Twenty (20) awards in the amount of $500 each are available.  

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:  


  • Currently hold either professional licensure that authorizes you for independent practice in a behavioral/mental health field, or the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification, issued by NBCC. Your NCC certification must have been maintained with no ethical holds or missed payments for a minimum of 1 year.  
  • Must currently hold a master’s degree or higher in a mental health field. Degrees must be from a postsecondary educational institution or program accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  
  • Have extensive clinical experience in providing mental health or substance abuse counseling services. 
  • Commit to selecting a CCE-approved ACS training within 1 year of being awarded. 
  • Commit to applying for the CCE ACS credential within 1 year of the completion date of your CCE-approved ACS training program. 


The application opens May 31, 2024, and the application deadline is Aug. 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Training award winners will be announced by the end of December 2024.  

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or email foundation@nbcc.org

If you experience any issues with the Submittable application platform, please email: Support@submittable.com.  

CCE provides the funding for these awards, which the NBCC Foundation administers on CCE’s behalf. 

 

 

The NBCC Foundation is seeking dynamic presenters for our monthly webinar programs on:

  1. Innovations in Counseling: Working with Minority Populations 
  2. Building Professional Excellence

These webinars enhance care for underserved minorities and provide ongoing training to NCCs and CCE credential holders in addition to Foundation scholars and fellows. These resources become part of our capacity-building plan and are archived in our webinar library available on i-counseling. Webinars are conducted online, and no travel commitment is required from our webinar presenters. The NBCC Foundation handles all the logistics of managing the webinar platform, advertising and promotion. All webinar presenters must hold a minimum of a master's degree in counseling or a related mental health field and be a board certified counselor.

Please use this form to nominate a presenter for an NBCC Foundation webinar. 

The NBCC Foundation is seeking dynamic presenters for our monthly webinar programs on (1) Innovations in Counseling: Working with Minority Populations and (2) Building Professional Excellence. These webinars enhance care for underserved minorities and provide ongoing training to NCCs and CCE credential holders in addition to Foundation scholars and fellows. These resources become part of our capacity-building plan and are archived in our webinar library available on CCE Academy. 

Webinars are conducted online, and no travel commitment is required from our webinar presenters. The NBCC Foundation handles all the logistics of managing the webinar platform, advertising and promotion. All webinar presenters must hold a minimum of a master's degree in counseling or a related mental health field and be a board certified counselor.

The NBCC Foundation (NBCCF) offers scholarships and fellowships to increase counseling services where they are needed most. NBCCF Board of Trustees determines priority areas annually. The current priority underserved areas are military communities, rural communities, minority populations, substance abuse, and career counseling and guidance. NBCCF also offers the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) scholarships and training awards. These awards enhance the careers of credentialed professionals by providing financial assistance to those seeking additional credentials and continuing education opportunities. 

NBCCF is accepting applications for volunteer application reviewers and mentors. 

NBCCF Volunteers Eligibility Requirements:

All NBCCF volunteers must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

• A master’s degree (or higher) in counseling and a minimum of two years of postgraduate experience. 

• Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing.

• Counseling experience related to serving military, minority, rural populations, career counseling, or underserved minority populations.

• Volunteer application reviewers must commit to one review cycle.

• Volunteer mentors must commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year.



Application Reviewer Opportunities:

NBCCF volunteers will review scholarship and fellowship applications and rate applicants based on Board-determined criteria. Foundation staff will provide online training, the review periods will be 2-3 weeks in duration, and average eight hours of actual review time. All review processes will be online.

Interested NCCs should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé. The letter should demonstrate eligibility and availability and explain the potential candidate’s interest in being an application reviewer. 

Additional Eligibility Requirements for Reviewers:

      Fellowship and Scholarship Reviewers:

  • Experience and knowledge with one or more of the following:

                 Career counseling and guidance

                 Substance abuse

                 Military and veteran populations

                 Rural communities

                 Underserved minority groups

                 Transition age youth


      CCE Scholarship Reviewers:

  • Must hold one of the following CCE credentials, and be in good standing:

                  CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)

                  Board Certified Coach (BCC)

                  Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)

                  Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) 

  • Extensive experience working with and knowledge of one or more of the populations that the listed credential holders serve.

Mentorship Opportunities:

Each year, the Foundation awards fellowships and scholarships to more than 80 counseling master’s students who commit to serving the Foundation’s priority underserved populations of military communities, rural communities and minority populations or providing career development services. The fellowships and scholarships provide substantial financial awards as well as training and support services, including mentors. 

Experienced master’s-level National Certified Counselors (NCCs) have the opportunity to volunteer as mentors for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) and NBCC Foundation scholarship program. Fellows and scholars with active mentor connections demonstrate increased success in completing master’s programs, contributing effective research, and attaining related employment and other opportunities. NBCCF will match mentors and Fellows or Scholars based on interests and experience. 

At minimum, mentors will provide four interactions with their assigned Fellow or Scholar and make themselves available for additional inquiries based on mutual agreement with their mentee. Mentors will receive online training and orientation prior to engagement. The duration of the commitment is one year. 

NCCs interested in mentoring can submit their application (including a brief letter of interest and résumé). The letter of interest should demonstrate eligibility and explain the candidate’s interest in being a mentor and expected achievements and outcomes for the mentoring process. 

Additional Eligibility Requirements for Mentors:

      Master’s Level Fellowship or Scholarship Mentors:

  • Counseling experience related to serving military, minority, rural populations, career counseling, or underserved minority populations.
  • Commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year. 


      Doctoral Level Fellowship Mentors:

  • Doctoral degree in counseling and a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with racially and ethnically diverse populations; and
  • Counseling experience related to providing mental health or substance abuse services to underserved minority populations.
  • Commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year. 


For more information about the Foundation scholarship and fellowship programs, visit www.nbccf.org  



National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation