DUNKIRK - The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation announces the availability of the Ruth C. Stacy Counselor Scholarship. Dr. Ruth C. Stacy of Mayville has created this fund to support graduate level students majoring in school or mental health counseling.
"The need for credentialed school and mental health counselors is a critical element to a healthy school and community environment," Dr. Stacy said.
A strong advocate of the need for certified, experienced school counselors in kindergarten through high school, Dr. Stacy is an experienced school and mental health counselor. She holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in counseling. She maintains her certification with the Pennsylvania and New York State Education Departments.
Students accepted in an accredited school counseling or mental health counseling Master Degree graduate program are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. Accreditation is by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York or by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs. Those interested in applying should compile the following: documentation of acceptance in an accredited Master Degree graduate program; a copy of Bachelor Degree(s) with transcript(s) indicating a 3.0 or above average; current occupation and age; three professional references; and a one page description of their reasons for seeking the degree and plans upon completion. This information should then be sent to the NCCF at 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048 by April 15, 2012.
The scholarship has been awarded five times to exceptional applicants. Dr. Stacy is an advocate of retaining accredited mental health counselors in Chautauqua County. Sharing the NCCF's purpose of community development, she supports the community by encouraging students to pursue counseling degrees from accredited universities. For more information, contact Nancy Mosier, NCCF's Scholarship Coordinator, at 366-4892.
The NCCF was incorporated in 1986 as a tax-exempt charitable organization. It currently manages over 330 funds, including over 200 scholarship funds. Since its establishment, the NCCF has distributed over $8.3 million into the community through its various grant programs. The organization is committed to furthering its mission of enriching the northern Chautauqua community and encouraging local philanthropy. For more information, visit www.nccfoundation.org.