Dr. David Capuzzi is a world-renowned counselor educator and esteemed faculty member at Walden University. As a former president of the American Counseling Association, chair of the ACA foundation, and textbook and journal author, Dr. Capuzzi has impacted the professional development of countless counselors nationwide. In his honor, the Dr. David Capuzzi Outstanding Scholar in Counselor Education and Supervision Scholarships were created to recognize outstanding student scholars who demonstrate significant scholastic achievement and positively impact the field of counselor education and supervision.

Up to two scholarships will be awarded to new students in the PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program. Each scholarship will provide a 50 percent tuition reduction for up to 5 years and funding for attendance to either an ACA or Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) conference.

Scholarship Eligibility

Recipients of this scholarship must:

  • Be a new student enrolling in a Walden University program and start between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.
  • Have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA in their previous master’s program.
  • Be a member of the American Counseling Association and its divisions and regions.
  • Aspire to serve as a counselor educator and professionally identify as a counselor.
  • Submit program proposals for presentation at a professional conference. (This opportunity includes working with Dr. Capuzzi to develop and submit program proposal and present with Dr. Capuzzi or serve as the primary presenter.)
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have not received another merit-based Walden scholarship before January 1, 2018.
    • See Scholarship Funding details below for information regarding any merit-based Walden scholarship received after January 1, 2018.
  • Not be employed by Laureate Education Inc. or any of its subsidiaries.
    • Excluding Graduate Assistants employed by Walden University, who are eligible for this scholarship

Scholarship Criteria and Application Process

Applicants must:

  • Call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
  • Write an essay of no more than 1,000 words describing how you contributed to advancing positive social change in one or more of the following areas:
    • Influencing the lives of others
    • Mentoring a colleague
    • Making a positive impact in your community
  • Submit a current copy of their résumé or CV.
  • Complete the electronic scholarship application and attach your essay, copy or screenshot of their ACA membership card, and résumé.

All required information must be provided in order for a nomination to be considered. Applicants may be contacted by phone to confirm the authenticity of information submitted.

Deadline and Start Dates

This scholarship will have an application deadline of May 31, 2018.

  • Winners will be announced in August 2018.
  • Scholarship winners, if not already enrolled in 2018, must enroll and start classes before December 31, 2018 or the scholarship will be forfeited.

Scholarship Selection Process

A scholarship committee comprising members of Walden University will review the nominations and all submitted application materials and select the scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Announcements and Publicity

Individuals who receive a scholarship must affirm that they are willing and able to participate in all publicity efforts promoting the program by signing a release form that allows Walden University to use the individual’s participation in the program for publicity purposes. Such publicity may include news releases and media advisories, local and national media coverage, media interviews and photos, inclusion on the Walden website and other similar public relations activities. All such materials remain the sole and exclusive property of Walden University.

Scholarship Funding

Scholarship funds will be disbursed for up to 5 years beginning in the student’s first term after being awarded the scholarship until the full amount has been awarded. If a student has a previous merit-based Walden scholarship that was received after January 1, 2018, disbursements from the previous scholarship will end simultaneously to funds from a higher value merit-based scholarship being applied.

Scholarship funds will not be applied to any past due balance or outstanding bills or charges. Students will not receive cash back at any time. For funds to be disbursed, the student’s records with the Office of Admissions must be complete, including the student’s official transcript. At any given time, if a scholarship disbursement exceeds the cost of tuition, funds will be disbursed in the amount up to the tuition cost.

Students who withdraw from the program or university or change to another degree program are not eligible for this scholarship and will forfeit the scholarship. Should the scholarship be forfeited, students need not reimburse Walden for funds already disbursed to them. In order for scholarship funding to continue until the award is depleted, recipients must meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria set forth by Walden University’s current catalog for the duration of their program. If a student is in a new semester and forfeited in the previous semester (due to internal lag time), the student will receive a revised bill for the prior semester, in which the scholarship was received.

All recipients who enroll in a Walden program are responsible for the technology fee each term as well. Recipients are responsible for all other non-tuition costs including but not limited to residency travel and other university or program fees as applicable.

This scholarship can be combined with the First Residency without Residency Fee Offer and one other tuition reduction, such as, but not limited to, one of the following:

If a student has more than one tuition reductions (excluding the First Residency without Residency Fee Offer) applying to their account when being awarded a scholarship, the tuition reduction with the highest life-time value will be retained, and disbursements from all other tuition reductions will end simultaneously the start of the scholarship fund disbursements.

Only one scholarship award can be applied to a student’s tuition.

This scholarship is not managed by Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Please call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 for more information.

†Some restrictions apply. See scholarship eligibility and funding for more information.

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