The VCAF Student Fellowship Competition is designed to identify and support counselor education students in Virginia who aspire to leadership in the counseling profession. In September of 2013, the VCA Foundation Board named these awards in honor of Pete Warren, a counselor educator at Lynchburg College, who had a profound influence on many students, and contributed substantially as a leader in the Virginia Counselors Association and the VCA Foundation.
As Foundation Funds increase, we can make more student fellowships available. The VCA Foundation plans to sponsor the Student Fellows Competition each year in the spring, and the selected Fellows will be announced later in the spring, and be recognized at the VCA Convention in the fall. Graduate students enrolled (matriculating) in a counselor education program in Virginia are eligible to apply for a VCAF Student Fellowship. Students should be taking coursework in the semester in which they submit a fellowship application. Entries are due in February. The deadline will be posted soon!
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Pathways Mentoring Program with middle school students in an underserved area, interested in the counseling profession. Will provide an opportunity for students in an underserved mental health catchment area with an opportunity to gain knowledge about careers in mental health and provide a career exploration experience that will benefit the community with an increased focus on mental health in the area.
A joint counselor training and development program between the organizations of Virginia Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and Virginia Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling. The project aims at expanding the training and increasing the quality of services among ethnic, sexual, and gender diverse populations to intentionally merge the mission, vision, and identity of both organizations.
Trauma Sensitive Self-Compassionate Yoga (TS-SCY) is an 8-week psycho-educational program designed to promote the mind-body connection while addressing the physiological implications of trauma.
Wilson Success Academy, a special academic intervention program for “at risk” ninth and tenth graders. The purpose of the project is to provide academy students the tools necessary to assist with their achievement both academically, and on a personal/social level.