Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) April 30, 2014
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded a 2014 NBCC Foundation rural scholarship to Bonnie McClurd of Ellijay, Georgia. The rural scholarship is awarded to counseling students who commit to practicing in rural areas upon graduation.
The mission of the NBCC Foundation is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. The Foundation created the rural scholarship in 2009 to improve access to counseling services in rural communities, which suffer disproportionately from a lack of mental health care. Nearly 70 students from across the country applied for the five 2014 rural 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 rural scholarship recipients, Ms. McClurd will receive $5,000 to support her counseling education and recognize her commitment to the underserved. Ms. McClurd is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at the University of North Georgia. She lives in the rural community of Ellijay, Georgia. She has been employed in a private counseling practice since January of 2012 and with supervision co-facilitates group therapy for sexual offenders. Ms. McClurd is committed to counseling and is passionate about working with underserved populations. She plans to continue serving as a counselor in a rural location after graduating in order to provide access to counseling and treatment for underserved individuals, including ex-offenders and sexual offenders.
The NBCC Foundation has also awarded six $5,000 military scholarships to increase the number of counselors available to serve military service members, veterans and their families, as well as six $5,000 minority scholarships designed to help ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture.
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.