NBCC Foundation Awards Counseling Scholarship to two Adams State graduate students


Autumn M. Sorensen

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, recently awarded a 2014 scholarship to Autumn M. Sorensen, of Parachute, Colo., and Carmen Gutierrez, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Currently both scholarship recipients are graduate students in the Adams State University Counselor Education Department.

This new scholarship was made possible as part of the Foundation's Colorado First campaign with a grant from The Colorado Trust. The scholarship was available to students who are currently enrolled in a master's-level counseling program in the state of Colorado and commit to serving underserved communities in Colorado for at least two years upon graduation. Sorensen and Gutierrez will receive $5,000 to support their counseling education and facilitate their service to rural populations in Colorado.

Sorensen is pursuing her master's degree in school counseling. She graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, with bachelor's degrees in animal sciences and secondary science education. She is currently the school counselor intern and literacy interventionist at Bea Underwood Elementary in her community of Parachute, Colorado. Sorensen's goal upon graduation is to continue her work as a school counselor to help rural youth with their academic, personal and social needs.

carmen gutierrez

Gutiérrez is currently enrolled in the graduate clinical mental health counseling program. She hopes to obtain her National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification upon graduation. Gutiérrez holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and an A.A. in social science from Central Texas College in Killeen.

Gutiérrez has worked as a volunteer for over 20 years with diverse, underserved Latino populations in various settings. She is currently working as an intern at the Centro de la Familia, a nonprofit organization that provides therapy and community resources for primarily non-English-speaking clients. Gutiérrez's goal is to continue to provide services that will empower Latinas, not only as a professional counselor but also as an advocate working toward positive policy changes.

The scholarship program supports the Foundation's goal of increasing access to mental health care through professional counseling services, particularly for underserved populations. This scholarship is designed to help ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met by providing financial support to counseling students who have substantial experience with the rural community they commit to serving after graduation.

The NBCC Foundation offers annual scholarships and fellowships to increase the number of counselors in the areas where they are needed most. Applications are currently being accepted for nearly 115 scholarships and fellowships for master's- and doctoral-level counselors-in-training who commit to serving military, rural or minority populations. For more information about these scholarships, please visit http://www.nbccf.org/Programs.