Counseling Scholarships: Search and You Shall Find

The scholarship search can be a daunting task to any prospective student, but it is much easier to find scholarships than many students think. Colorado Christian University’s counseling degree program is very popular and will prepare you for a career helping others learn to cope with life issues and stressors by holding strong to their faith in Jesus Christ and learning real-life strategies to deal with difficult crises they face.

If you are considering pursuing a counseling degree from CCU, there are counseling scholarship opportunities available. Before you begin your search for counseling scholarships and grants, you’ll need to evaluate your family’s income and eligibility for many federal and state loans, grants and scholarships. To help supplement this kind of financial aid, look into Christian scholarships offered at CCU and from private organizations. Any tuition and college-related financial assistance you receive will help to offset the price of tuition, living expenses, books and materials, and other expenses.

If you are currently in the workforce, inquire about tuition assistance through your company. Businesses will sometimes offer to help with tuition if you agree to continue to work for the company once your counseling degree is completed. For instance, if you work at a hospital or some other health care facility, you may be able to continue working there in a counselor position after you graduate.

Christian counseling scholarships are typically awarded based on academic performance, Christian character, participation in a Christian or Baptist church, and other qualities. Some scholarships are limited to students who pursue a specific track of study, while others must attend a specific type of school, like a Southern Baptist school. There are Christian scholarships for undergraduates and graduate students and traditional and non-traditional students to be used for tuition, living expenses, books and other expenses.

The Champions for Christ Christian organization has been offering scholarships to students preparing for ministry since 1986. Students going to school to enter a life of full-time Christian service are eligible, and the Champions for Christ fund has awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships so far.

The Center for Christian Counseling offers a scholarship each year.  According to CenterForChristianCounseling.net, the mission of the institution adheres to the philosophy that all people have a right to mental health assistance from professional practitioners, regardless of their ability to pay. Scholarship consideration is given preference to students expressing interest in mediation, spiritual conflict, premarital and/or family-relationship counseling. The size of the scholarship changes depending upon donations, and those who commit to donating receive a tax-deduction letter. You can learn more about this scholarship by visiting their website.

Scholarships for Women

Are you a working woman who is a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation? If so and you are at least 25 years of age, you can compete for career advancement scholarships to help fund your counseling degree program. For more information about the organization and scholarship opportunities, visit bpwfounation.org.

Women returning to school for their degree have other opportunities, also. You might qualify for one of five $10,000 scholarships or one of fifty $1,000 scholarships from the Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund. This national scholarship from a major women’s clothing retailer encourages returning students to complete their degrees at two-year, four-year and vocational schools. To find out more about Talbots scholarships, visit thetalbotsinc.com/brands/talbots/charitable/scholar.asp.

Read more about scholarships for adult students in the CCU blog or contact the financial aid office for more information about counseling scholarships, grants and loan opportunities.

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