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Emerging Leader Grant  

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The American College Counseling Association (ACCA) is pleased to invite applications from graduate students and new professionals for the Emerging Leader Grant (ELG) to attend the ACCA or ACA (American Counseling Association) Annual Conferences. Graduate students must be actively enrolled in a program, and new professionals are those working in college counseling within 2 years of matriculating from a graduate program or transitioning from another profession into college counseling. College counseling includes a variety of professions such as mental health, career or disability services.

The review and selection committee will comprise of the Graduate Student Member-at-Large (GS-MAL), the ACCA Graduate Student & New Professionals (GSNP) Committee Chair/Co-chair and/or members, and previous ELG recipients. Throughout the process, the GS-MAL will be the primary contact person for assistance and support and follow-up with ELG recipients throughout the year.

Nine grants will be awarded: There are three for master’s students, three for doctoral students, and three for new professionals. Any unused grants may be awarded to other applicants, as seen fit by the GSNP. The Emerging Leader Grant covers the cost of the ACCA or ACA conference registration only. Travel, lodging, meals and other incidental expenses are the responsibility of the ELG recipient.

Travel grants: This year ACCA will be able to distribute travel grants based on financial need and the number of requests. The travel grants will range from $100 to $300. A request for a travel grant does not guarantee receiving a travel grant. ELG recipients will submit receipts for reimbursement up to the amount of their travel grant.

ACCA Emerging Leaders responsibilities:

  • Write a short reflection essay or create a short reflection video within one (1) month after the conference. Additional information about the content for the essay will be provided to recipients prior to the conference. Note: Essays may be quoted in ACCA promotional materials for next year’s conference.
  • Serve on an ACCA committee for one year.
  • Submit feedback on the ELG program at the end of the year.
  • Optional: Assist in the review and selection process for next year’s ELG recipients.

For those who attend the ACCA Conference (Feb 7-10, 2019, Thu-Sun):

·         Attend luncheon with Graduate Student Member-at-Large (GS-MAL) and GSNP co-chair

·         Attend leadership session presented by GS-MAL and ACCA president

·         Attend GSNP reception

·         Receive a mentor via FTAs program (if desired)

·         Be available for other duties

For those who attend the ACA Conference (March 27-31, 2019, Wed-Sun):

·         Work the ACCA table for a minimum of 10 hours

·         Attend the opening of the exhibit area 

·         Attend the ACCA reception

·         Attend one event with the Executive Council Leaders

·         Be available for other duties 

The Process

 1).  Applications are due electronically by email. Please submit all materials as PDF filesNo applications will be accepted in any form other than electronically. The ELG review committee will examine all applications for eligibility.

2).  Applications must include ALL six of the following:

A.  Completed application form: Emerging Leader Application

B.  A resume or curriculum vitae

C.  A typed, double-spaced summary (one page only) of financial need to attend the conference (narrative and amount) such as for travel, lodging, meals, etc. List all funding sources (actual and potential) to pay for these expenses. If you are requesting a travel grant, include an amount up to $300. Note: Applying for a travel grant does not guarantee receiving one.

D.  Two letters of recommendation: One from a faculty member or employer and one from a most recent site supervisor.

E.  Professional narrative: A typed, double-spaced narrative (one page minimum, two page maximum) describing your past and current scholarly activities (presentations, publications, research projects) and/or professional service (within college campus community, professional organizations, committees, etc.) contributing to the future of the college counseling profession. You may also include describing how receiving this grant and attending the conference will impact your future research and/or professional work within college counseling.

F. Diversity and Inclusion statement: ACCA is fully committed to diversity, inclusion and multicultural competence. As such, write a short statement (double-spaced, 1 page, typed) on how your current and/or future work will contribute to this commitment in the context of college counseling. You are welcome to include how your identities and life experiences have shaped your professional commitment to diversity, inclusion and multicultural competence.

3).  Decisions are based on the quality of the submitted information and each category is given consideration in the overall score. The ELG review committee will conduct a blind review of the applications to select grant recipients.

4). All ELG applicants will be notified by email regarding their application status. Those awarded an Emerging Leader Grant will be sent a separate email with further information about conference registration.

Eligibility requirements:

1).  Applicants must be a student or new professional member of ACCA. Individuals who are not current members must affiliate with ACCA in order to be considered for this award. To join ACCA, please visit the ACCA web page for membership information ( and forward your confirmation email of your membership to the GS-MAL. The review committee chair will confirm verification of membership in ACCA before considering applications.

2).  Applicants cannot have previously received an Emerging Leader Grant from ACCA.

Emerging Leader Grant Application

Deadline: September 28, 2018, Friday

Questions can be directed to:

Elena Yee, MS, NCC
Member-at-Large, Graduate Students and New Professionals
American College Counseling Association

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