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Nominate an outstanding school counselor for the prestigious AzSCA School Counselor of the Year Award! The nomination takes just a few minutes and is an important way that our professional organization can honor the great work of school counselors in our state.


  • The applicant must be employed as a full-time, U.S.-based, practicing school counselor on Nov. 1, 2021, and have completed at least five years as a practicing school counselor. "U.S.-based" includes schools operated by the Department of Defense, Department of State and other U.S. agencies. 
  • The applicant must hold a master’s degree in guidance and counseling or equivalent and be certified as a school counselor by the state, district or U.S. territory. 
  • The applicant must be an AzSCA professional member as of Nov. 1, 2021.
  • The applicant must also be an American School Counselor Association (ASCA) member as of Nov. 1, 2021.
  • Previous recipients of the AzSCA School Counselor of the Year award are not eligible. Semi-finalists are eligible and encouraged to apply.
  • The applicant must meet all these requirements and submit their complete application by the deadline of December 3, 2021 at 11:59pm.


The recipient of AzSCA Counselor of the Year will receive:
  • Monetary reward of $500
  • All expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., provided by the American School Counselor Association
  • Consideration for National Counselor of the Year
  • Complimentary 2022 AzSCA Conference Registration and recognition at the Awards Luncheon
  • Breakout presentation at 2023 AzSCA Conference
  • Financial support to/from AzSCA advocacy events


Nominations are due November 12, 2021.

Nominees must complete the application by December 3, 2021.


  • The applicant must demonstrate evidence of implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program (such as the ASCA National Model) and have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs supporting students’ academic, career, and personal/social development. 
  • The applicant must demonstrate leadership and collaboration in his or her work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement. Applicants must also demonstrate collaboration with stakeholders. All activities or accomplishments must have taken place within the previous five years. 
  • The applicant must demonstrate continual professional development as well as proof of advocacy for the professional and/or students. 
  • The applicant must have the ability and skills necessary to represent school counseling in a professional manner, including but not limited to high-quality written communication and public-speaking skills. 
  • The applicant should maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and recognize that his/her personal conduct is held up to public scrutiny. Applicants strive to be model citizens of their community as well as the school counseling community and their broader professional community. They maintain high moral standards in their personal and professional conduct.