Hollingshead receives NBCC Foundation scholarship

Contact: Grace Mims, professor of counseling and school psychology, 308-865-8358

Kearney, Neb., March 27, 2013 — Andria Hollingshead of Kearney was awarded the 2013 National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation Military Scholarship.

As one of six recipients in the U.S., Hollingshead will receive $5,000 to support her pursuit of a master’s degree in clinical mental health. She is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a graduate of the University of Maryland University College.

After high school, Hollingshead found her niche in the Army, where she served for more than 12 years. Upon completion of her master’s degree, she hopes to work as a substance abuse counselor in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“The NBCC Military Scholarship is awarded to service members and veterans pursuing an education in counseling who commit to serving military personnel, veterans and families upon graduation,” said Grace Mims, UNK professor of Counseling and School Psychology. “This 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.”

NBCC Military Scholarships are typically given to only five students from across the country. This year the NBCC Foundation Board of Trustees awarded an additional scholarship because of the high caliber of applicants.

According to Mims, the NBCC Foundation plans to continue offering scholarships to increase the number of counselors serving rural areas as well as areas where counselors are needed the most.

The mission of the NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. NBCC is a certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling.