Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) May 07, 2014
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded a 2014 NBCC Foundation military scholarship to Elizabeth Sherr of Peyton, Colorado. The military scholarship is awarded to service members, veterans and spouses pursuing a counseling education who commit to serving fellow 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. Thirty-five students from across the country applied for the five 2014 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 2014 military scholarship recipients, Ms. Sherr will receive $5,000 to support her counseling education and facilitate her service to military populations. Ms. Sherr is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, has a master’s degree in diplomacy from Norwich University, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling from Regis University. She retired from the U.S. Army in 2012 at the rank of major after a 20-year career. She is an Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veteran and a disabled veteran. Ms. Sherr has a particular interest in military sexual trauma, and plans to facilitate groups geared toward survivors and their families throughout the military. She currently volunteers her time as an advocate for military sexual trauma victims and survivors. She is actively involved as a leader in the Army Family Readiness Group that supports her husband’s unit.
The NBCC Foundation has also awarded six $5,000 minority scholarships designed to help ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, as well as 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 (NCCs) in the United States and more than 50 countries.