School Counseling, M.Ed.

Program Awards

Since 1974, the counseling faculty has recognized outstanding clinical practice, advocacy and academic achievement by students in the programs they administer. In addition to the current M.Ed. program in School Counseling, award recipients have come from past programs including the M.A. in Student Personnel Services, the M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling and the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

Galassi-Brown Social Justice and Advocacy Award

This award was named for Drs. John P. Galassi and Duane Brown, both full professors in the School of Education who contributed over 60 years plus of combined service. Since 1973, both Dr. Galassi and Dr. Brown have led through their research and scholarship and their contributions at the National, State, University and School of Education levels. Most importantly, they devoted time and attention to the students of the counseling programs and have been stalwart advocates for the profession. The Galassi-Brown Award (nominated by peers, faculty and public school personnel) recognizes the school counseling student who promotes social and educational justice and goes beyond expectations and demonstrates exceptional advocacy for the students they serve, the schools where they work and the school counseling profession.

Galassi-Brown Social Justice and Advocacy Award
Year Recipient(s)
2017 Lauren Brand and Orlando Dobbin, Jr.
2016 Elisabeth Arriero
2015 Amasa Monroe
2014 Leslie Locklear and Stephanie Sherer
2013 Barbie Garayua-Tudryn and Laura Walton
2012 Brian Woodard
2011 Justin Simmons
2010 Sandra Martinez-Zuniga
2009 Corinne Joell Bohling

W. D. Perry Award

This award was named for Dr. William D. Perry, a former full professor in the School of Education who provided over 30 years of leadership. After coming to the UNC Chapel Hill in 1939, Dr. W. D. Perry exerted a major influence in the development both of the counseling program and the Guidance and Testing Center. The Center continued to serve the University for many years after Dr. Perry retired in 1973. From 1974-1990, Perry award recipients included students in the M.A. in Student Personnel Services, the Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling, and the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology programs.

The Perry award (nominated by peers, faculty and public school personnel) continues to recognize the student who is judged by the faculty to have demonstrated excellence of achievement in academics, outstanding performance in the counseling field placement coupled with unwavering adherence to ethical and professional standards, and demonstrated student leadership within the program.

W. D. Perry Award
Year Recipient
2017 Jennifer Brouder
2016 Susan Pizzolato
2015 Ashley Bennetone
2014 Devon McCarthy
2013 Maureen Kurz
2012 Raelene Daley
2012 Jennifer Kolb
2011 Allison Delano
2010 Kristy Newitt
2009 Amy Farris
2008 Kelsey Carter Augst
2007 Jenica L. Van Tassell
2007 Clinton S. Bolton III
2006 Caroline R. Cockman
2005 Cathy P. Jones
2004 Mary M. Dillon
2003 Michael J. Brannigan
2002 Sarah C. Doherty
2001 Marcy G. Miller
2000 Kimberley R. Kaestner
1999 Kimberly E. Reykdal
1998 Jodi L. Kruse
1997 Monir Evers
1997 Heather Suddreth
1996 Shaili Singh
1990 Robert Kelly Grace
1990 Annette Renee Perot
1989 Leslie Karen Orysh
1988 Libby Griffin Wilson
1986 Elizabeth Hope Taylor
1985 William Michael Holahan
1984 Shulamit Lazarus
1983 Michael Thomas Myszka
1982 Janet Issacs Coffey
1981 Marilyn J. Vedder
1980 Katherine Fee Fulkerson
1979 K. Michie Harris Dew
1978 Susan Renee Furr
1977 Jane Chaffin Kendall
1975 Richard T. Blackwell
1975 Steven D. Mullinix
1974 Charles M. Garren

Luther R. Taff Memorial Scholarship Award

This award was named in honor of Dr. Luther Raymond Taff, an associate professor in the program who provided nearly 20 years of service (1956-1975). The award recognized outstanding performance in academics and practice and was given from 1979–1995 to students in the master’s programs in Guidance and Counseling and School Counseling.

Luther R. Taff Memorial Scholarship Award
Year Recipient
1995 Brian J. Williams
1994 Carey A. Clarke
1993 Danek Matha B.
1991 Charlotte Ames Young
1989 Hugh Jerome Willard 
1989 Sarah Ellen Wright
1988 Rita Escher
1986 Susan Meryl Rosman
1985 Rhonda L. Hairston
1984 Anne Christina Smith
1983 Kari Anne Trexler
1982 Margaret K. Poole
1981 Mary Vadusky-Holahan
1980 Kathleen F. Ketchum
1979 Jean M. Sullivan

Gregory D. Berrier Counseling Psychology Practitioner Award

This award is named for Dr. Gregory Berrier, an outstanding practitioner and graduate of both the master's program in Guidance and Counseling and the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill. The award was established to recognize Counseling Psychology Ph.D. students who demonstrated outstanding counseling skills.

Gregory D. Berrier Counseling Psychology Practitioner Award
Year Recipient
1994 Ellen M. Greenfield
1991 Elizabeth Hope Taylor
1990 David O. Aspenson
1989 Libby G. Wilson
1988 James H. Winston
1987 Carol J. Tadeusik