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School Counseling master’s student Rebecca Newell awarded national scholarship

Rebecca “Becky” Newell is one of 10 master’s students nationally to receive the 2009 Ross Trust Scholarship Award from the American Counseling Association. In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, Newell also received a year-long extension of her ACA membership and complimentary registration for the 2009 ACA Conference and Exposition in Charlotte, N.C.

Every year, the ACA, in conjunction with the ACA Foundation, sponsors this scholarship to recognize outstanding students studying counseling for elementary, middle and secondary school levels. This award is given to 10 master’s students and five doctoral students nationwide.

Criteria for the scholarship for master’s level students include a demonstration of excellent performance both in the classroom and in volunteer activities. Newell’s advocacy for social justice in schools was a factor in her receiving this award.

Assistant Professor Dana Griffin, who nominated Newell for the scholarship, served as her University supervisor during Newell’s fall 2008 practicum course.

“While all of our students exemplify outstanding academic performance, Becky went above and beyond the call of duty by choosing to work with those students already identified as having academic and behavior problems,” said Griffin.

“Becky epitomizes what is needed to successfully advocate on behalf of those who have no voice in the schools. I have no doubt that Becky will continue to grow in this area and continue to involve parents and community-based organizations in the fight for educational equity in the schools,” said Griffin.