The two $1000 fellowships are made available each year via a competitive essay contest. The fellowships are designed to ease the financial pressure of graduate school and being a counselor in residency. This year, the topic was “Therapy, Life, and Death.” Three VACC Board members (the Fellowship Committee) independently scored the essays via a standardized rubric.

The 2016 Winners are:

Jyotsana Sharma -- doctoral student at Virginia Tech

Caroline Strunk -- graduate student at George Mason University


Honorable Mention goes to:

Anne Metz -- JMU Counseling Doctoral Program

Chris Barnes -- graduate student at Longwood University


There were some very good essays among the 15 contestants, and we thank you for your effort, time, and inspiration. By next year, some of you will be licensed, but if you are not, we hope to see you in our contest. All the best to all of you!

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Twelve contestants submitted essays for the two Linda Heacock Memorial Fellowships worth $1000 each.  The 12 contestants, one male and 11 female, represented seven different graduate schools.  ODU had three contestants. Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, and Regent University had two each. Also represented were Saybrook, Cappella, and Eastern Mennonite, each with one contestant.  We appreciate each and every submission, and hope that each contestant learned something about themselves and the profession. This year’s topic was about whether it is necessary, or desirable, to have experienced one’s own psychotherapy (counseling) before providing therapy for others.


Our winners are:

Read more: VACC Crowns 2012 Essay Contest Winners

Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 21:52


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