Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Anthony Ferguson, counseling student in the School of Education, received a National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation fellowship. The NBCC Foundation provides scholarships and fellowships in an attempt to increase the number of counselors committed to working with high-priority populations and engage them in becoming innovators of counseling practices. “This is a great accomplishment, as this is a national and very competitive fellowship,” stated Dr. Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp, Associate Professor in the Counseling Department.
The NBCC Foundation was awarded a federally funded grant allowing the Foundation to distribute up to 24 minority fellowships on a yearly basis. These awards enable fellows to provide leadership to the profession through education, research and practice benefiting the underserved. The NBCC Foundation administered 40 master’s-level counseling fellowships of $5,000 for mental health counseling students in 2016. Eligible applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with racially and ethnically diverse populations, and commit to providing mental health services to underserved minority transition-age youth (16–25) populations.