Scholarships and Awards

Nassau Counselors’ Association (NCA) is pleased to announce the 2024 NCA Awards, listed below. All nominations can be submitted through the Google Form linked below and are due by Friday, April 19, 2024

Submit the 2024 NCA Award Nominations in this Google Form:

Administrator of the Year:

Recognizes an administrator or supervisor, who is not directly responsible for supervising counselors and/or human development specialists, for their outstanding support of the profession. Questions? Contact Joy-Anne D’Anca at

Joseph Bruzzese High School Scholarship:

The organization wishes to honor seniors who have demonstrated exceptional concern for people. Eligible students must show a commitment to helping others in their school or community. Financial status and academic achievement are not factors in the selection of candidates. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ricky Papandrea:

The student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Attend a high school in Nassau County.
  2. Be a June 2024 graduate.
  3. Plan to pursue further education after high school graduation.
  4. Show evidence of concern for others through leadership or participation in an activity that is devoted to helping people.

NCA Scholarship Application – 2024 (Fillable Form)

College Counselor of the Year:

This award is designed to recognize an individual from within the college counseling setting who has consistently gone above and beyond their job description to give service to the counseling profession as a whole. Questions? Contact Dave Follick at

Counselor of the Year:

Recognizes the outstanding contribution to our profession and the students of Nassau County by a counselor and/or human development specialist. Questions? Contact Susan Ellis at

Exemplary Practices:

Designed to recognize a noteworthy accomplishment of a counseling staff in Nassau County Schools. The implemented idea must be innovative, specific, currently in practice and easily adaptable to other schools. A detailed description of the practice and any supporting materials must be submitted. Any questions about the guidelines can be directed to the Chair by sending an email to  Seeta Ramprasad at

An observation visit to the program by an Exemplary Practice Guidance committee member will be conducted, if deemed necessary.

Flyer and Application for Exemplary Practice Guidance Award 2024


Designed to award grant money to worthy counseling programs that show time, training, and materials needed for the successful initiation, completion, and replication. The purposes of this program are to encourage the implementation and expansion of innovative counseling programs or projects; promote the positive image of school counselors and admission counselors through public relations and new ideas and to put available funds to use professionally. If your program is selected, you can receive up to $500 in grant money. A detailed description of the practice and any supporting materials must be submitted. Any questions about the guidelines can be directed to the Chair by sending an email to Seeta Ramprasad at

Flyer and Application for Mini-Grant Award 2024

Stu Agins Memorial Service Award:

This award is designed to recognize an individual who has been very much involved in service to the Nassau Counselors’ Association and to the counseling community. Questions? Contact Cynthia Rossi at

More detailed information is available here, or contact Program Chair, Kathleen Dunne at


Marie Quinn Scholarship:

This award is designed for students in Graduate Counseling Programs.

The criteria for the award is included below. Please reach out to Brienne Schiano at for additional information about this scholarship and the application.

1.Applicant must be a full or part-time graduate student in a master’s degree school counseling program

2. Must have completed a minimum of one year in this program or 12 graduate credits 3.Demonstrates academic achievement & commitment to the counseling profession

4.Two letters of recommendation (one from an internship supervisor – if applicable)

5.Be a current member of Nassau Counselors’ Association

6.Attend graduate school, live, or intern in a school in Nassau County

7.A Personal Statement explaining the rewards of belonging to a professional counselor organization