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The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2024 application period for the A Dream Decided (ADD) Scholarship. The NBCC Foundation will administer one master’s-level counseling scholarship of $8,000 for an undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student in a master’s-level counseling program who is pursuing a career in professional counseling.


The A Dream Decided Scholarship was created to support the dreams of undocumented graduate-level counselors-in-training. The ADD Scholarship hopes to encourage undocumented counselors-in-training to pursue their decided dream of becoming a counselor by offering some financial assistance during their educational journey. The scholarship will support an undocumented or DACA counseling student who is committed to serving underserved populations. This fellowship will provide financial support to one student who is currently enrolled in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited counseling master’s program and will commit to serving underserved populations within one year of graduation for the duration of a minimum of at least two years post-graduation. One fellowship in the amount of $8,000 is available. 


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) born outside of but currently living in the United States.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full time in a CACREP-accredited counseling master’s program.
  • Applicants must not already possess a master’s degree in a behavioral health field.  
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full time for the fall 2023 semester and be in good standing in a CACREP-accredited master’s-level counseling program. 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 commit to providing mental health services to underserved populations 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 awardee will be announced by the end of March 2024.

 For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you still have questions after reviewing our FAQ document, please email foundation@nbcc.org or call 336-232-0376.


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