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Alfred University School Counseling Student Receives National Award

Nicholas White

Nicholas White

Nicholas White, a first-year graduate student in Alfred University’ School Counseling program, was recently named one of five runners-up in the American Counseling Association’s Future School Counselor Essay Competition. 

A resident of Washingtonville, NY, White received a $250 award and complimentary registrations for the 2017 American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference and Expo in San Francisco, Calif.

The ACA, founded in 1952, is the world’s largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings. It is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession.

This year’s ACA Essay Competition asked each participant to write an essay addressing the new presidential administration of the United States. The essays were required to advocate on behalf of the counseling needs of the general populace, as well as the counselors that provide these services in the U.S.

White’s essay called for greater federal support of school counseling. “Though the expenditure of more government funds is a topic fraught with disagreement and strong feelings,” he wrote, “there is no way to improve the position of school counselors, and by extension, American communities, than by providing more money to the training and equipping of these professionals.”  

White further argued loan forgiveness for school counselors “who devote themselves to helping these students and communities would be a great step toward creating an American society that we can all call ‘great.’”

The ACA Conference and Expo will be held March 16-17 and will recognize all winning essayists who participated in the writing competition. For the complete list of winning essayists, visit: https://www.counseling.or...