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:
Jenna Rhodes (Old Dominion University)
Katherine Rosemond (Saybrook University)
Honorable Mention goes to:
Randall J. Rhodes (Regent University)
The Executive Board will be contacting the winners in regard to giving them their fellowships. We will also be writing up an account of the contest, with our scoring rubric, in our next newsletter. If our winning authors agree, we may be able to publish their essays as well. We look forward to next year’s fellowship contest, but hope that our student contestants will make the most of their student membership in the interim. Our website (www.vacc.org) provides a wealth of information, and members receive occasional e-mails regarding education opportunities and legislative/advocacy issues that come up. Our Board is also eager to understand how we can be of even greater service to our members, so don’t hesitate to contact Board members with your ideas. Warmest regards from the Board!