Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) March 22, 2013
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded a 2013 NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship to Alison N. Long of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The military scholarship is awarded to service members and veterans pursuing a counseling education who commit to serving military personnel, veterans and families upon graduation.
The mission of the NBCC Foundation is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. The military scholarship was created in 2009 to increase access to counselors for military personnel, veterans and families suffering from a shortage of available mental health professionals. Students from across the country applied for the five military scholarships, and the NBCC Foundation Board of Trustees awarded an additional scholarship due to the high caliber of this year’s applicants.
As one of six 2013 military scholarship recipients, Ms. Long will receive $5,000 to support her counseling education and facilitate her service to military populations. Ms. Long is a graduate of University of Maryland University College and is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Regent University. Ms. Long’s passion has always been helping others, so after leaving active service in the Air Force as a weather forecaster, she decided to become a counselor and give back to the military community. After graduation, she plans to work directly with veterans, serving their needs.
The NBCC Foundation has also awarded six $5,000 rural scholarships to increase the number of counselors serving rural areas.
The NBCC Foundation plans to continue offering scholarships to increase the number of counselors in the areas where they are needed most. For more information or to make a gift in support of the Foundation’s mission, please visit http://www.nbccf.org.
About the NBCC Foundation
The NBCC Foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 52,000 National Certified Counselors in the United States and more than 50 countries.