School of Psychology & Counseling

Alicia Higgins Awarded Scholarship from NBCC Foundation

March 30, 2010

Alicia Higgins

Alicia N. Higgins of Virginia Beach, VA has been awarded the 2009 NBCC Foundation (NBCCF) Military Scholarship.  The NBCCF military scholarship is awarded to service members and veterans enrolled in a CACREP-accredited counseling program during or after military service who commit to serving military personnel after graduation.

The mission of the NBCC Foundation is to promote mental health through the advancement of professional counseling and credentialing. The military scholarship was created in 2009 to encourage servicemembers and veterans to embark on a career in counseling. Nearly 40 students from across the country applied for this scholarship and the NBCCF Board of Trustees was very impressed with the overall qualifications of the applicants.

Higgins will receive $3,000 to support her counseling education. Higgins is currently a student at Regent University pursuing a master’s in community counseling and holds a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University.   After enlisting in the Army National Guard, she was almost immediately deployed to Iraq where she worked as a congressional liaison, assisting with responses to inquiries from the U.S. Congress and the president.  Currently, Higgins works in the Department of Veterans Affairs serving active duty members and their families.  Upon graduation, she plans to continue serving this group as a licensed professional counselor.

In addition to Higgins’s scholarship, five additional $3,000 military scholarships have been awarded.  The NBCC Foundation has also awarded five $3,000 rural scholarships to students enrolled in a CACREP-accredited counseling program who commit to serving in rural and underserved areas after graduation.

NBCCF plans to continue offering scholarships to increase numbers of counselors in needed areas.  More information about the Foundation and its scholarships can be found at


The NBCC Foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, NC.  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 44,000 National Certified Counselors in the United States and more than 40 countries.

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