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2021 NBCC Foundation and CCE Scholarship Recipients

Published 11/11/2021


The NBCC Foundation recently named the 2021 recipients of the annual military, rural, and research scholarships as well as the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) training awards.

The NBCC Foundation military and rural scholarships, which began in 2010, provide financial support to master’s-level counseling students who are committed to serving in their communities for a minimum of two years after graduation. These awards are fully funded by generous individual and organizational donations to the Foundation.

This year, the NBCC Foundation is awarding six $8,000 rural scholarships and five $8,000 military scholarships. The sixth rural scholar is also named the 2021 Family First scholar. The Family First scholarship, first awarded in 2016, is fully funded by donations received from NBCC and Affiliates staff and board members and is awarded to a scholar serving in North Carolina.

The Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc Scholarship, endowed in 2018 in memory of beloved professor and influential counseling advocate Dr. Nicholas Vacc, is awarded to a doctoral-level counseling student focused on research and/or testing that strengthens the field of counseling and is a member of Chi Sigma Iota. This year’s recipient will mark the fourth Dr. Nicholas Vacc Scholar named by the Foundation.

In 2012, CCE began funding training awards administered by the NBCC Foundation. These awards were established to increase the number of available counselors providing quality career guidance and facilitation and to increase the number of available Board Certified Coaches and CCE Approved Clinical Supervisors. In 2020, CCE established a similar training award for those seeking the Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider credential.

Each CCE award recipient will receive funds to help them obtain the required training for their respective sought-after credential. These awards will aid recipients in their continued work to be innovators of practices that benefit the communities and individuals with whom they work.

This year, the Foundation was able to award 43 scholarships and CCE training awards and $121,500 in total funds.

The next application period for NBCC Foundation scholarships and CCE-funded scholarships awarded through the NBCC Foundation will begin in May 2022. To view current eligibility requirements as well as a list of the current awards offered, visit

Congratulations to our 2021 recipients!

NBCC Foundation Donor-Funded Scholarships

2021 Rural Scholars

  • Allison Gerdes, South Dakota State University 
  • Kelley Gutierrez, East Central University 
  • Cathrese Jackson, Walden University 
  • Stacia Langille, Antioch University New England
  • Rachel Olivanti, Capella University
  • Lillie Williams, Walden University – Family First Scholar 

2021 Military Scholars

  • Declan Harris, Vanderbilt University
  • Scott Jenson, The University of South Florida  
  • Albert Jimenez, University of Texas at San Antonio 
  • Joseph Makouske, Westminster College
  • Laura Shepard, Malone University 

2021 Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc Scholar 

  • Lane Madsen, Capella University 

Center for Credentialing & Education Grant-Funded Scholarships

Global Career Development Facilitator–International 

  • Thi Thu Ha Pham

Board Certified Coach

  • Sareek Hosein
  • Patty Jaime
  • Bryony Smith
  • Dawn Smith
  • Keith Sun 

CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor  

  • Cristal Acosta 
  • Eddie McCaskill 
  • K. Lynn Pierce 
  • Susan Stuntzner
  • Stephanie Sullivan
  • Ivette Weatherholtz
  • Willetta Wilson 

Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider 

  • Courtney Alvarez 
  • Monique Barber 
  • Darryl Black 
  • Meagan Clark  
  • Wenndy Dupkoski
  • Silvia Espinosa
  • Becky Hartwig
  • Diana Hoover
  • Siobhan McCullough
  • LaShonda Milsap
  • Arien Muzacz
  • Robin Pee
  • Marcy Redden
  • Raphael Samson
  • Stefanie Walker
  • Kelly Warner
  • Todd Whitman
  • Taneika Williams 


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