The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2024 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 Programs (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 in the United States 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.
- Applicants must currently live in the United States but can be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or an international student with an F-1 Visa.
- Applicants must not already possess a master’s degree in a behavioral health field.
- 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 and be in good standing in a CACREP-accredited master’s-level counseling program. Applicants must currently be taking courses. Applicants may not have a pending status, deferred status, or other future start date for coursework.
- Applicants are expected to graduate by May 31, 2027 (within three years of the date of the scholarship funding).
- Eligible applicants must not have an anticipated program completion date before Dec. 31, 2024, 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. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine their eligibility to obtain this certification prior to applying for the scholarship.
- Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with military personnel and families.
- Applicants must commit to providing mental health services to military veterans, individuals, and/or families in the United States 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 Oct. 15, 2023, and the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST.
Scholarship awardees will be announced by the end of March 2024.
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