Student receives military scholarship

Louis M. Alvey, a graduate student at Lynchburg College, has been awarded the 2009 NBCC Foundation (NBCCF) Military Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to service members and veterans enrolled in a CACRE- accredited counseling program during or after military service who commit to serving military personnel after graduation.

A resident of Forest, Va., Alvey will receive $3,000 to support his counseling education. Alvey is pursuing a master’s of education in clinical mental health counseling at LC and holds a bachelor’s degree from Longwood University. While serving as a sergeant in Virginia’s Army National Guard, he completed two combat tours in Iraq.

 Alvey also works as a peer specialist at Virginia’s Wounded Warrior program, providing support and services to veterans and their families for stress-related problems and traumatic brain injuries. Upon graduation, he plans to continue helping veterans and their families as a counselor.

 In addition to Alvey’s scholarship, five other $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.   

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 service members and veterans to embark on a career in counseling. Nearly 40 students from across the country applied for this scholarship. 

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. 

 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