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March 28, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU graduate student earns $5,000 NBCC Foundation award

Erica Perry, a Slippery Rock University school counseling graduate student from Ellwood City, has been awarded a $5,000 2013 NBCC Foundation Rural Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to counseling students who commit to practicing in rural areas following graduation.

The mission of the NBCC Foundation is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.

The rural scholarship was created in 2009 to improve access to counseling services in rural communities, which suffer disproportionately from a lack of mental health care. Nearly 60 students from across the country applied for five rural scholarships.

Perry currently serves her rural community through a practicum at a local school. Following graduation, she plans to obtain a position as a school counselor in a nearby rural area.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.