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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 years conference will be held on October 27-29, 2021 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center in Charlotte-Concord.  


Directions for the Nominator:

Nominations are now closed!



Directions for the Nominee:

The following items are to be submitted through the ASCA Online Portal


  • Nomination Form/Letter of Nomination Supporting Nominee
  • Professional Quality Photograph
  • Vitae or Resum√©
  • 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
  • Application packets must be submitted by September 24, 2021

**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 no later than October 14, 2021.

Awards will be presented at the NCSCA Annual Fall Conference in Concord during the Opening Session on Thursday, October 28, 2021.


For more information, contact Rebecca Atkins, NCSCA Awards Chair at: mailto:ncscaawards@gmail.com


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

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