Crystal McDowell, current Career Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, has been selected as a winner of a Minority Masters Fellowship (Clinical Mental Health) by the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation (NBCCF). She has been awarded $5,000 toward her education, the maximum amount allowed for the Mental Health Counseling Fellowship.
Information about the Fellowship
This program is made possible by grants awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The NBCC Foundation has been contracted by NBCC to administer 40 master’s-level counseling fellowships of up to $5,000 for mental health counseling students. Eligible applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with racially and ethnically diverse populations, and commit to providing mental health services to underserved minority transition-age youth (16–25) populations.
The NBCC MFP will help ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being. By strategically promoting and providing fellowships to master’s-level counseling students, the NBCC MFP strengthens the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.