NBCC Foundation Awards Counseling Scholarship to Maria C. Doran

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Maria C. Doran, of Chesapeake, Virginia, has been awarded a 2014 NBCC Foundation scholarship.

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The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, recently awarded a 2014 scholarship to Maria Doran, of Chesapeake, Virginia. This scholarship was made possible through the Fred Adair scholarship campaign in honor of Dr. Fred Adair, retired faculty member of the College of William & Mary and longtime leader in the counseling profession. This new scholarship was available to students who are currently enrolled in a master’s-level counseling program in the state of Virginia and commit to serving underserved communities in Virginia for at least two years upon graduation. Doran will receive $5,000 to support her counseling education and facilitate her service to minority populations in Virginia.

Ms. Doran is currently enrolled in the counseling master’s program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. As a graduate assistant, she works with students who have academic difficulties. Ms. Doran plans to obtain both the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification and licensure as a professional counselor after receiving her degree. She is completing her practicum at Norfolk Community Service Board, where she works with members of the community on mental health and addiction issues.

Ms. Doran’s goal is to work in a college or university setting assisting students experiencing academic difficulties. In addition, she hopes to work in different local counseling agencies improving quality of life for members of the community.

The scholarship program supports the Foundation’s goal of increasing access to mental health care through professional counseling services, particularly for underserved populations. This scholarship is designed to help ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met by providing financial support to counseling students who have substantial experience with the minority community they commit to serving after graduation.

The NBCC Foundation offers annual scholarships and fellowships to increase the number of counselors in the areas where they are needed most. Applications are currently being accepted for nearly 115 scholarships and fellowships for master’s- and doctoral-level counselors-in-training who commit to serving military, rural or minority populations. For more information about these scholarships, please visit http://www.nbccf.org/Programs. To make a gift in support of the Foundation’s mission, visit http://www.nbccf.org/Donate.

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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 56,000 National Certified Counselors (NCCs) in the United States and more than 50 countries. The Foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.

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