Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) May 08, 2014
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded a 2014 NBCC Foundation rural scholarship to Collin Nordby of Indiana, Pennsylvania. 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, Mr. Nordby will receive $5,000 to support his counseling education and recognize his commitment to the underserved. Mr. Nordby is a graduate of Penn State Altoona and is currently obtaining a master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania for clinical mental health counseling. During his time at Penn State Altoona, he received a chemical dependency and prevention counseling certificate. Mr. Nordby was born and raised in Elderton, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He plans to work in rural and underserved areas with underprivileged and at-risk adolescents. Within this type of work he will specifically address substance abuse, poverty and lack of availability of services. Eventually, Mr. Nordby would like to open a private practice, nonprofit organization or other program to help better serve this specific population.
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.