Matthew Bonner Awarded Fellowship from NBCC and Affiliates

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Matthew W. Bonner of Norfolk, Virginia, has been selected as an NBCC MFP Fellow.

Mr. Bonner with NBCC President and CEO Dr. Thomas Clawson

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Matthew W. Bonner of Norfolk, Virginia, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). As an NBCC MFP Fellow, Mr. Bonner will receive funding and training to support his education and facilitate his service to underserved minority populations.

The NBCC MFP is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in August 2012. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP, as well as training and collaboration activities that will be open to all National Certified Counselors. The goal of the program is to strengthen the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.

The NBCC MFP has distributed $20,000 education awards to Mr. Bonner and the 23 other doctoral-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Matthew Bonner is a graduate of Rutgers University, Howard University and Loyola University, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education at Old Dominion University. Mr. Bonner’s work experience includes teaching undergraduate-level addiction theory classes and providing counseling services for underserved populations and military families. As an NBCC MFP Fellow, he plans to work with novice counselors to improve service delivery in the areas of psychological testing, ethics and addictions in addition to his counseling work with minority populations.

The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP application period in December 2013. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit


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.

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