Scholarships and Grants

Recent scholarship recipients.

Selah Joy Mcmath
Master’s student in the school counseling program
Colorado Springs, CO—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Selah Joy Mcmath, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). As an NBCC MFP-AC fellow, McMath will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-AC, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.
Selah Joy Mcmath Awarded $11,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates
The NBCC MFP will distribute up to $11,000 to McMath and the 30 other master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. McMath is a graduate of Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, and is currently a master’s student in the school counseling program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Upon graduation, McMath intends to work with students in a school setting and clients in the clinical field who are struggling with addiction and mental illness. McMath feels a strong passion and commitment to people who have been marginalized by society and strives to provide effective counseling services that will assist in allowing their voices to be heard. This fellowship will allow McMath to become well-versed in addiction prevention and learn skills to better serve underserved populations.
Amy L. Hopkinson
Master’s student in the clinical mental health counseling program
Colorado Springs, CO—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Amy L. Hopkinson, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). As an NBCC MFP-AC fellow, Hopkinson will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-AC, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.
Amy L. Hopkinson Awarded $11,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates
The NBCC MFP will distribute up to $11,000 to Hopkinson and the 30 other master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Hopkinson is a graduate of The University of Tampa, in Florida, and is currently a master’s student in the clinical mental health counseling program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Upon graduation, Hopkinson intends to work with transition-age minority youth, particularly those who struggle with substance abuse. She would also like to work with youth specifically in the school systems as she feels this is an area where mental health services are lacking. This fellowship will allow Hopkinson to attend counseling conferences that will provide her with the resources and a developed network base to help her better serve her intended populations. This fellowship will also be her support to effectively advocate for not only underserved populations, but also the counseling profession itself.
James E. Mayes
Master’s student in the clinical mental health counseling program
Colorado Springs, CO—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected James E. Mayes, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). As an NBCC MFP-AC fellow, Mayes will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-AC, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.
James E. Mayes Awarded $11,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates
The NBCC MFP will distribute up to $11,000 to Mayes and the 30 other master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Mayes is both a student and graduate of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the clinical mental health counseling program. Upon graduation, Mayes intends to work with the veteran population, particularly those struggling with trauma and addiction. He would also like to work with troubled adolescents and teens. This fellowship will allow Mayes to attend counseling conferences to establish a stronger professional identity as a counselor, learn evidence-based practices to better serve underserved population and advocate for the counseling profession.
Laurie Works
Master’s student in clinical mental health counseling
Colorado Springs, CO—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Laurie Works, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). As an NBCC MFP-AC Fellow, Works will receive funding and training to support their education and facilitate their addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-AC, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.
Laurie Works Awarded $11,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates
The NBCC MFP will distribute up to $11,000 to Works and the 33 other master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Works is both a student and graduate of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where they are currently pursuing a master’s in clinical mental health counseling. Upon graduation, Works intends to create a pro bono woman and minority run therapist collective to serve marginalized young adults who struggle with addiction. They intend to particularly focus their services upon those in the gender and sexual/affectional minority areas, with an emphasis on how trauma related to gender and sexual disparity affects the somatic system. Earning this fellowship will empower Works to further their professional identity as a counselor, seek continued education on evidence-based somatic trauma and addictions work, and engage in foundational learning on how to provide accessible counseling services to those often barred access to them.

The NBCC Foundation has also awarded 23 $20,000 doctoral fellowships through the Minority Fellowship Program and 30 $8,000 master’s-level fellowships through the MFP-Youth (MFP-Y). The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP-AC application period in fall 2018. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit http://www.nbccf.org/Programs/Fellows.
Marlon G. Funez
Master’s student in school counseling
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, recently awarded a 2014 scholarship to Marlon Funez, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. This new scholarship was made possible as part of the Foundation’s Colorado First campaign with a grant from The Colorado Trust. The scholarship was available to students who are currently enrolled in a master’s-level counseling program in the state of Colorado and commit to serving underserved communities in Colorado for at least two years upon graduation. Funez will receive $5,000 to support his counseling education and facilitate his service to minority populations in Colorado.

Mr. Funez holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee and a Master of Divinity from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is currently pursuing his master’s in school counseling at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has worked with underserved populations since 1998, and is currently a school counselor intern at Manual High School in Denver, Colorado. In this position, he serves a diverse population of students, many of whom come from underserved and low-income households. Mr. Funez supports students in achieving their academic, career, and personal and social goals. He intends to develop and implement effective strategies that help students earn postsecondary degrees and have fulfilling careers.
Marlon G. Funez, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a 2014 NBCC Foundation scholarship.
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.
Chera P. Sheets
Master’s student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Castle Rock, CO—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Chera P. Sheets, of Castle Rock, Colorado, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). As an NBCC MFP-AC Fellow, Sheets will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority populations.


The NBCC MFP-AC is made possible by a grant awarded to the NBCC Foundation in collaboration with the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Foundation administers the MFP-AC, including training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.
Chera P. Sheets Awarded $15,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates
The NBCC Foundation MFP will distribute up to $15,000 to Sheets and the other 39 master’s-level addictions counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Sheets is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, and is currently a master’s student in the clinical mental health counseling program at the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs. Upon graduation, Sheets intends to work with transition-age youth minorities in recovery, particularly women and others struggling with poverty. Earning this fellowship will allow Sheets to attend counseling conferences to establish a stronger professional identity as a counselor, learn evidence-based practices to better serve underserved populations, and advocate for the counseling profession.

The NBCC Foundation has also awarded 20 $20,000 doctoral fellowships through the Minority Fellowship Program and 30 $10,000 master’s-level fellowships through the MFP-Mental Health Counseling-Master’s (MFP-MHC-M). The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP-AC application period in fall 2019. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit http://www.nbccf.org/Programs/Fellows.
Joshua M. LeVay
Master’s student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Colorado Springs, CO—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded an $8,000 2019 NBCC Foundation military scholarship to Joshua M. LeVay, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The military scholarship is awarded to service members, veterans, and their spouses who are pursuing a counseling education and 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. More than 50 students from across the country applied for the six 2019 military scholarships.
Joshua M. LeVay Receives Military Scholarship of $8000 From the NBCC Foundation
As a military scholarship recipient, LeVay will receive up to $8,000 to support his counseling education and recognize his commitment to the underserved. LeVay is a graduate of Excelsior College, in Albany, New York, and is currently a master’s student in the clinical mental health counseling program at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Upon graduation, LeVay intends to apply himself to addressing the mental and behavioral health needs of his beloved military community, whose increasing concerns are currently overwhelming the available veteran health care system nationwide. Recognizing the dire need to bolster the counseling profession with individuals who can closely identify with the experiences and culture inherent to military life, LeVay desires to continue to serve the nation in this way. In addition to his clinical practice, LeVay aspires to contribute to the current research literature striving to better understand how cultural differences affect the transition process between military and civilian lifestyles, how veterans maintain a sense of purpose, and what factors allow service members to adaptively return to the population they stalwartly defended.

The NBCC Foundation has also awarded seven rural scholarships of up to $8,000 to increase the number of counselors serving rural areas. The Foundation plans to continue offering scholarships to increase the number of counselors in the areas where they are needed most and will open the next application period in spring 2020. For more information or to make a gift to support scholars like these, please visit www.nbccf.org.