Emerging Leader Grant for 2023-2024
***The Emerging Leader Grant Application is due by October 22nd, 2023.***
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 either
the ACCA or ACA (American Counseling Association) Annual Conferences in 2024. Applicants must be willing to attend and serve in the ELG position at either conference as assigned by the ACCA selection committee.
Graduate students must be actively enrolled in a master’s or doctoral graduate counseling program (e.g. clinical mental health, clinical psychology, counselor education and supervision). New professionals are those working in college counseling within 2 years of matriculating from a counseling graduate program, or within 2 years of transitioning from another counseling 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 typically be comprised of the Graduate Student Member-at- Large (GS-MAL), an Executive Council Member, 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 questions by applicants as well as assistance, support, and follow-up with ELG recipients throughout the year.
The Emerging Leader Grant covers the cost of the ACCA or ACA conference registration and includes a $500 travel reimbursement (with receipts, post-conference). This is NOT a cash/money grant.
ACCA Emerging Leaders responsibilities prior, during and after the ACCA or ACA conferences:• Maintain active paid membership of ACA and ACCA at application, at time of application and, if chosen, throughout one's time as an Emerging Leader.
• Be informed about ACCA as an organization and willing assist with the ACCA or ACA conference as needed.
• Write a short reflection essay within one (1) month after the conference. Additional information about the content for the essay will be provided to recipients after the conference. Note: Essays may be quoted in ACCA promotional materials for next year’s conference.
• Serve on an ACCA committee for one year.
Duties for those chosen to attend the ACCA 2024 Orlando Conference—Feb 22-25th, 2024:
• Attend the ACCA conference.
• Be available for a variety of opportunities for connection and service leadership training provided by ACCA board members. Specifics will be determined closer to conference time.
Duties for those chosen to attend the ACA 2024 New Orleans, LA Conference—April 11-13th, 2024:
email@example.com. Submit all materials as PDF files. No applications will be
accepted in any form other than electronically. The ELG review committee will examine all
applications for eligibility.B). Applications must include ALL of the following (7 items):
C). 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.
D). 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.
A). Applicants must be a student or new professional member of ACA and ACCA. Individuals who are not current members must affiliate with ACCA as a division within ACA in order to be considered for this award. To join ACA and ACCA, please visit the ACA webpage 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 ACA and ACCA before considering your application.
B). Applicants cannot have previously received an Emerging Leader Grant from ACCA.
Emerging Leader Grant Application
Questions can be directed to:
Member-at-Large, Graduate Students and New Professionals
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