Counselor Education

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Mary Cay Talbott Memorial Scholarship

To recognize and remember Mary Cay for all that she gave others, this scholarship has been established in her name at Western Illinois University where she was an undergraduate and graduate student and a professional staff member in residence life. This scholarship has been established by The Center for Alcohol and Drug Services in Davenport, Iowa; the Talbott Family; and the friends and family of Mary Cay Talbott in tribute to her for the lasting impact she had on their lives.

Mary Cay Talbott (1958-1991) is remembered by colleagues and friends as a young woman who dedicated her career to helping others, as a person who showed empathy for those less fortunate than herself, and as someone who had an honest desire to help people improve their quality of life. She was respected by associates for her quiet competence and as a talented young colleague who strongly believed in the dignity and potential of young people as they struggled with the issues of substance abuse. She could make anyone laugh, and her enthusiasm was contagious. Mary Cay’s courageous struggle with breast cancer was indicative of the way she lived her life.  She always gave it her all, whatever the issue—work, play, or life itself.

CRITERIA: Application for this yearly scholarship is available to beginning Department of Counselor Education graduate students. Information is given at the CNED New Student Orientation. One $400 award is presented annually. Information on this scholarship will be made available to Counselor Education Students via the Department listserv, including the deadline.

Alumni Scholarship

The Counselor Education Alumni Scholarships were established in the fall of 1999 by the Department of Counselor Education at Western Illinois University. The Counselor Education scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional potential as professionals in the fields of counseling through scholarship, leadership and service.

CRITERIA: Recipients must be advanced students (have completed 20 hours by the beginning of fall semester) in the Department of Counselor Education who demonstrate exceptional potential in scholarship, leadership and service. Information on this scholarship will be made available to Counselor Education Students via the Department listserv, including the deadline.

The value of the award is based on contributions to the department's annual phonathon and will not exceed $500. The scholarship is not renewable. Application information and dates are made available to students early fall semester each year.

John and Betty Storey Scholarship

The John and Betty Storey Scholarship was established in 1999 in honor of Dr. Storey by his former students, family, and friends. John Storey was the former Director of the University Counseling Center. Prior to joining the WIU staff, Storey taught high school in Michigan and then taught at Wayne State University. In addition to serving as Director of Western's Counseling Center, he was also a professor in the Counselor Education Program. He was President of the Illinois Counseling Association in the late 1960's and was the recipient of several counseling-related awards throughout his tenure. Storey served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942-1945, serving in England from 1943-1945. He earned his bachelor's degree from Albion College and his master's and doctorate degrees from Michigan State University. Storey married Elizabeth "Betty" Denecky May 24, 1948. John and Betty have two sons, Bruce and Keith. Betty died February 20, 2002. John Storey died April 10, 2003, at his residence in Macomb. 

CRITERIA: Applicants must be fully admitted into the Counselor Education Program and this scholarship gives preference to students in the Clinical track of Counselor Education and veterans. Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester hours and demonstrate a commitment to the field of counseling. 

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants must submit a completed application form along with a one-page essay outlining career goals and how the scholarship will help them achieve these goals. Information on this scholarship will be made available to Counselor Education Students via the Department listserv, including the deadline.

TERMS: The award amount will be determined by the annual interest earnings on the endowment with a minimum $1,000 award expected.

Failure of the students to remain in good academic standing or to make satisfactory progress toward a degree may result in withdrawal of the scholarship. In any year which there are no qualified applicants, income may be accumulated or reinvested in the endowment at the discretion of the administrator of the fund. 

SELECTION PROCESS: The Counselor Education full-time faculty will review applications and select the recipient. The Department Chairperson will notify the selected recipients and the WIU Scholarship Office. 

Professional Attendance Scholarships

The Department of Counselor Education will announce the availability of professional attendance scholarships as they are available.

Graduate Student Scholarships

Graduate students have numerous opportunities for financial assistance across the campus of Western Illinois University. There are a limited number of competitive academic scholarships available through the Foundation Scholarship Program. Graduate scholarships through the Foundation Scholarship Program will require separate applications. The criteria will vary.

Federal student loans through the FAFSA, student employment through the Financial Aid Office, and graduate assistantships through the Graduate Office may also be available.