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Hartzog receives NBCC Foundation scholarship

BOONE—Courtney L. Hartzog of West Jefferson has been awarded a 2014 National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) scholarship.

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Hartzog is a graduate student in Appalachian State University’s professional school counseling master’s degree program. The $5,000 scholarship was awarded to support her counseling education and recognize her commitment to providing career counseling and guidance.

The goal of the GCDF scholarship program is to increase the number of available counselors who provide quality career guidance and facilitation. In doing so, the GCDF scholarship program plays an important role in the foundation’s mission to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.

Hartzog holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Appalachian. She is a graduate assistant in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, providing clerical and organizational support to academic programs.

Her goal as a foundation scholar is to enhance educational opportunities and provide career counseling services to children and adolescents in low-income, rural communities. In addition, she plans to develop a comprehensive school counseling program providing character education, student advocacy, family support, and social and emotional development through expressive arts therapy.

The NBCC Foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 56,000 national certified counselors in the United States and more than 50 countries. The foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.