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NCSCA Professional Recognition Awards Guide

The North Carolina School Counselor Association would like to recognize the outstanding and exemplary works of dedicated professionals who work as school counselors, administrators, counselor educators and advocates of the school counseling profession. The NCSCA Board of Directors also recognizes outstanding individuals via the The Ruth McSwain award. Each year at the annual conference, awards will be given to those nominees who best exhibit the implementation of the ASCA National model and show evidence of a comprehensive school counseling program, which involves stakeholders within the school, community and the profession. The awards ceremony is held during the opening session of each year’s annual conference. This year’s conference is scheduled for November 13-15, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center in Concord, North Carolina.

Please review the NCSCA Criteria: NCSCA Awards Criteria.pdf

To Nominate an individual for SCOY (School Counselor of the Year):

        •  Submit a Nomination Form here:  ASCA Online Portal 
        •  Nominations due September 15, 2019

To Nominate an individual for all other awards:


Directions for ALL Nominees:

The following items (Application Packet) should be submitted within the ASCA Online Portal by October 1, 2019

        •  Nomination Form/Letter of Nomination Supporting Nominee (SCOY nomination form is IN the portal)
        •  Professional Quality Photograph
        •  Vita or Resume
        •  Three reference letters to include a nominee’s supervisor, a colleague and another letter from the community, parents, students, etc.
        •  Additional documentation, evidence of programs, artifacts and other supplementary data may also be submitted

NOTE: NCSCA is not required to grant an award if there are fewer than three (3) nominees in any category. All applications must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Award Winners will be notified by November 1, 2019.

Awards will be presented at the NCSCA Fall Conference in Concord, NC, during the opening session on Thursday, November 14, 2019.  For more information, contact Rebecca Atkins, Awards Chair, at   

NCSCA is a state division of the American School Counselor Association.

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