Rising Star Award

This award recognizes AzSCA members who are new to the field (1-4 years) and are starting to make a difference at their school or in the profession. The applicant’s record must reflect exceptional growth, commitment, and increasing levels of responsibility or leadership. Applicants must demonstrate they are on a trajectory for making a lasting impact on their school, students, or community, or demonstrate promise for contributing to the school counseling profession.

We are no longer accepting nominations for 2018.


  • The applicant must be employed as a full-time, U.S.-based, practicing school counselor on Oct. 1, 2017, and have completed one to four years (maximum) as a practicing school counselor.
  •  The applicant must hold a master’s degree in guidance and counseling or equivalent and be certified as a school counselor by the state of Arizona.
  •  The applicant must be an AzSCA professional member as of Oct. 1, 2017.
  • Counselors with five or more years of experience are not eligible for the Rising Star Award and encouraged to apply for the AzSCA Counselor of the Year Award.


  • October 15, 2017 – Nominations due
  • October 22, 2017-- Nominees Notified
  • December 1, 2017 – Completed Applications Due
  • January 15, 2018 – Winner Notified
  • February 26-27, 2018 – Winner recognized at Annual Conference