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The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023 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. 

Three scholarships in the amount of $8,000 are available for the 2023 award year.

NOTE: Applicants who applied during the May 2022–July 2022 period for the 2022 Military Scholarships (due to be awarded in Oct./Nov. 2022) do not need to resubmit an application. Any applicant who applied during the May 2022–July 2022 period and is not awarded in Oct./Nov. 2022 will have their application rolled over into the 2023 award cycle if still eligible for award. If you have any questions about your 2022 application, please contact NBCC Foundation staff at Foundation@nbcc.org.


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 fall 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, 2026 (within three years of the date of the scholarship funding).
  • Eligible applicants must not have an anticipated program completion date before December 31, 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 deadline is December 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST. 


Scholarship awardees will be notified by the end of March 2023. 


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.

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