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The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023 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.  

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 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 counseling master’s-level program. Applicants must be enrolled in 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 May 31, 2026 (within three years from 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.
  • 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 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 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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