Ohio School
Counselor Association


 . . . empowers, unites and supports professional school counselors in their role of promoting student success.

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

OSCA grants, awards and scholarships are important ways the Ohio School Counselor Association directly gives back to you, its members. Please note that the grant, award and graduate scholarship applications have now moved online! Please click on the links below to apply. Should you have questions, please contact the Professional Recognition Committee at professionalrecognition@ohioschoolcounselor.org.

Deadline for all grants, awards and graduate scholarships is April 30 of each year


OSCA Grants provide financial resources for school counselors who desire to implement counseling projects that support student success.  Proposals that articulate their goals through data, plan a mindful intervention to address a specific concern and have a clear method of measuring the impact upon children will be considered for the yearly awards.
Note: You must be an OSCA member and create an account to submit and application. Non OSCA members will not be considered.

OSCA Awards provide an opportunity for professional school counselors to recognize and show appreciation for the accomplishments of school counselors, counselor educators, administrators and legislators.  We urge you to look at the categories below and consider submitting a form on behalf of someone who deserves special recognition.

  • Lifetime Membership Award: To honor an OSCA member who has contributed to the School Counselor Profession with excellence 15 years or more. (OSCA membership required)
  • School Counselor of the Year Award: To recognize an OSCA school counselor for outstanding service to students, staff and families. (OSCA membership required)
    • Elementary Level
    • Middle School Level
    • High School Level
  • Counselor Educator of the Year Award: To honor a counselor educator who has made a significant contribution to guidance. (Does not need to be an OSCA member)
  • Administrator Appreciation Award: To recognize an administrator, school or district that has contributed to the growth and understanding of counseling. (Does not need to be an OSCA member)
  • Legislator of the Year Award: To recognize a local or state political office holder who has promoted and/or supported Ohio school counseling. (Does not need to be an OSCA member)
  • Ohio School Counselor Accountability Report (OSCAR)Award: To recognize the completion of an exemplary OSCAR. For details on submitting an OSCAR please visit here. (Does not need to be an OSCA member)

Graduate Scholarship

OSCA believes in the benefit of supporting the future of the school counseling profession in Ohio and has committed to help quality school counseling graduate students fulfill their educational goals by offering two (2) $1000 OSCA Graduate Student Scholarships each year. The scholarships will be awarded to deserving school counseling graduate students who meet the following qualifications:

  • currently enrolled in a master's school counselor program in the state of Ohio (note that students enrolled in online programs are not eligible to apply unless the online program is run through an Ohio institution)
  • has completed at least six (6) semester hours of graduate work (note that students enrolled in their final semester of study and preparing to graduate are not eligible to apply)
  • maintains an active student membership with OSCA
The application must include the following:
  • Completed scholarship application form (click here to download)
  • A typewritten essay of no more than one double-spaced page answering the following question: "How do school counselors utilize leadership, advocacy and collaboration to effect systemic change in schools to maximize student success?"
  • Copy of official graduate school transcripts showing a minimum of 6 completed credit hours
  • Professional letter of support written by a current academic adviser or professor

All materials must be mailed uploaded deadline below. Incomplete applications or those determined to not meet the above criteria will not be considered.  Past OSCA Graduate Student Scholarship recipients are not eligible.


Ohio School Counselor Association / osca@ohioschoolcounselor.org / (614) 401-4642 (Messaging Service) / PO Box 1445, Dublin, OH 43017

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