The NBCC Foundation's mission is "Leveraging the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change." To improve the mental health of the underserved and never-served throughout the world, the NBCC Foundation leverages the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. 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 the underserved.

Scholarshipsfellowships, and capacity-building grants, are our primary tools for accomplishing our objectives. The Foundation’s strategy is to award scholarships 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 2023 NBCC Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium is scheduled to take place June 2–4, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia. As we plan for this event, we are in the process of selecting a theme. The theme contest we held last year was such a hit that we have decided to do it again this year, and we want your ideas!

**The winning submission will receive a $250 gift card!**

The Symposium themes from the past 3 years were: Elevating Families and Communities (2022), Making Spaces for Unseen Faces (2021), and Family Matters (2020).

The theme for the 2023 Symposium should be timely, relevant to the work of the NBCC Foundation and NBCC, and relate to the issues facing the counseling community with regards to bridging the gap in mental health disparities for underserved and underrepresented communities.

The information submitted should include the theme name and a brief description. 

The submission deadline is July 15, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact us at foundation@nbcc.org.

We look forward to your participation!

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 be board certified by holding the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification, maintained with no ethical holds or missed payments for a minimum of one year. 
  • Must currently hold a master’s degree or higher in a mental health field. Degrees must be from a post-secondary educational institution or program accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. 
  • Have extensive clinical experience in providing mental health or substance abuse counseling services. 
  • Commit to completing CCE-Approved Clinical Supervision (ACS) training from one of CCE’s approved training providers within 12 months of receiving the award. Providers are listed on CCE’s website: Required Training | ACS (cce-global.org)

 
The application opens May 1, 2022, and the application deadline is July 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Scholarship awardees will be notified by the end of October 2022.

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail 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 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 $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.
  • 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 pursuing a degree from a relevant program.


The application opens May 1, 2022, and the application deadline is July 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Scholarship awardees will be notified by the end of October 2022.

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail 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 board certified by holding the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification, maintained 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 post secondary 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 from one of CCE's approved training providers 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 1, 2022, and the application deadline is July 31, 202 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Scholarship awardees will be notified by the end of October 2022. 

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail 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 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: 

  • Must currently be board certified by holding the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. 
  • Must possess a master’s degree. 
  • Must be seeking initial GCDF credential. 
  • Must commit to providing career counseling services for two years.  

 
The application opens May 1, 2022, and the application deadline is July 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Scholarship awardees will be notified by the end of October 2022.

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail 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 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 be a student currently enrolled in both a GCDF training program and a post-bachelor’s counseling program, as appropriate to their country. 
  • Must commit to providing career counseling services for two years.

The application opens May 1, 2022, and the deadline is July 31, 2022.

Scholarship awardees will be notified by the end of October 2022.  

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 the 2022 military scholarships for service members, veterans, and their spouses pursuing a career in professional counseling. The military scholarship was created to increase the number of counselors available to serve military personnel and families.  

These scholarships provide financial support to students who are currently enrolled in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) accredited, master’s-level counseling program; are active duty, have served in the military, or are a military spouse; and who commit to serve military personnel within one year of graduation for the duration of a minimum of at least two years post-graduation.  


Five scholarships in the amount of $8,000 are available.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Applicants must be enrolled, full time in a CACREP-accredited counseling master’s program. 
  • Applicants must be veterans or active-duty U.S. military service members or spouses of a veteran or active-duty U.S. military service member. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full time for the fall 2022 semester and be in good standing in a CACREP-accredited counseling master’s-level program. Applicants must have taken courses during the spring 2022 semester. Applicants may not have a pending status, deferred status, or other future start date for coursework.   
  • Applicants are expected to graduate by December 31, 2025 (within three years from the date of the scholarship funding). 
  • Eligible applicants must not have an anticipated program completion date before September 1, 2023, which will be verified in writing by their academic department.
  • Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with military personnel and families. 
  • Applicants must commit to becoming board certified by applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification prior to graduation and to completing the application process. 
  • Applicants must commit to providing mental health services to service members and/or veterans within one year of graduation and for the duration of a minimum of at least two years post-graduation.

To check the CACREP status of a program, search the CACREP website.

The application opens May 1, 2022, and the application deadline is July 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Scholarship awardees will be notified by the end of October 2022.  

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail foundation@nbcc.org. If you experience any issues with the Submittable application platform, please email:  Support@submittable.com.

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 rural scholarships for students pursuing a career in professional counseling. The rural scholarships were created to increase the number of counselors available to serve people in rural areas. These scholarships provide financial support to students who are currently enrolled in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited counseling master’s program, live in a rural area, and commit to serve rural populations within one year of graduation for the duration of a minimum of at least two years post-graduation. Five scholarships in the amount of $8,000 are available. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled, full time in a CACREP-accredited counseling master’s program.
  • Applicants must reside in a rural area as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full time for the fall 2022 semester and be in good standing in a CACREP-accredited counseling master’s-level program. Applicants must have taken courses during the spring 2022 semester. Applicants may not have a pending status, deferred status, or other future start date for coursework.
  • Applicants are expected to graduate by December 31, 2025 (within three years of the date of the scholarship funding).
  • Eligible applicants must not have an anticipated program completion date before September 1, 2023, which will be verified in writing by their academic department prior to the awarding of funds.
  • Applicants must commit to becoming board certified by applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification prior to graduation and to completing the application process.
  • Applicants must commit to providing mental health services in a rural area within one year of graduation and for the duration of a minimum of at least two years post-graduation.

To check the CACREP status of a program, search the CACREP website

The application opens May 1, 2022, and the application deadline is July 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT. 

Scholarship awardees will be notified by the end of October 2022. 

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions , call 336-232-0376, or e-mail foundation@nbcc.org. If you experience any issues with the Submittable application platform, please email: Support@submittable.com.

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 application period for the Dr. Nicholas Vacc Scholarship. The NBCC Foundation will administer one (1) doctoral-level counseling scholarship of $5,000. This scholarship is made possible by an endowment in memory of Dr. Nicholas Vacc.

The NBCC Foundation helps ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being. By strategically promoting and providing scholarships to doctoral counseling students, the Dr. Nicholas Vacc Scholarship Endowment supports the infrastructure that engages individuals focused on research and/or testing that strengthens the profession of counseling. 


Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must currently be board certified by holding the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. If the applicant is not currently board certified, they must document all of the following: 
  1.  A full state license as a professional counselor;  
  2.  A passing score on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE); and 
  3. A commitment to apply for the NCC certification and to complete the application within the shortest possible timeframe after notification of the award.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full time for the fall 2022 semester and be in good standing in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited, doctoral-level counseling program. Applicants must have taken courses during the spring 2022 semester. Applicants may not have a pending status, deferred status, or other future start date for coursework.  
  • Applicants are expected to graduate by December 31, 2025 (within three years after notification of the award).
  • Eligible applicants must not have an anticipated academic program completion date before September 1, 2023, which will be verified in writing by their academic department prior to the awarding of funds.
  •  Applicants must focus their dissertation on research and/or testing that strengthens the profession of counseling.  
  •  Applicants must be a member of Chi Sigma Iota.  

To check the CACREP status of a program, search the CACREP website.

The application opens May 1, 2022, and the application deadline is July 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT. 


Scholarship awardees will be notified by the end of October 2022.  

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail foundation@nbcc.org. If you experience any issues with the Submittable application platform, please email:  Support@submittable.com.

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 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.

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  



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