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Meet Buffy: Our 2015 Counseling Scholarship Winner

buffy-oliverAt Best Counseling Degrees, we're delighted to announce the recipient of our first 2015 Counseling Scholarship for Undergraduate and Graduate Study as chosen by our committee. Our $2,000 award has been granted to Buffy Oliver, a recent graduate who will be attending graduate school at Oakland University this upcoming fall in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling.

As an accomplished young woman, Buffy has recently graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Substance Abuse Treatment. Buffy impressed our committee greatly with her academic success as well as her unwavering commitment to counseling for making a difference in the lives of troubled youth.

Super Student, Counselor, and Mom

Throughout her undergraduate career, Buffy has excelled in carrying a cumulative GPA of 3.91. She credits her achievement to being a self-starter, fast learner, and team player. Her high academic record has led to taking part in the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society.

Beyond the walls of the classroom, Buffy has a passion for giving back to her community. She has participated in fundraising events for animal rescues, Habitat for Humanity, child abuse prevention agencies, March of Dimes, and the Salvation Army regularly. She also uses her dedication to philanthropy and nurturing child development to run a social media site that organizes information for local family-friendly events.

With the goal of guiding students towards healthy choices for their future, Buffy is aiming to become a high school guidance counselor. She believes her background in substance abuse treatment will play a prominent role in helping teens who are directly or indirectly touched by the effects of addiction. As a high school student herself, Buffy was greatly impacted by her guidance counselors and received essential help in becoming the first in her family to attend college. She wishes to pay her personal experience forward in assisting other high schoolers reach their full potential.

Along with attending school, working, and job shadowing guidance counselors at local schools, Buffy is a single mother to a wonderful six-year old boy. Her son has epilepsy and has been diagnosed with co-morbid challenges such as anxiety. She has made the sacrifice of limiting her course schedule to part-time to save plenty of time for caring for her young son. Buffy works extra hard to provide a good role model for her son by pursuing her educational and professional goals.

It's our honor to present the 2015 Counseling Scholarship to Buffy Oliver to financially assist in her great academic strides. We believe that the support will be put to great use in easing the burden of her mounting student loan debt. We have full faith that this bright, focused woman will successfully attain her career in school counseling and leave a long-lasting mark on our nation's blossoming adolescents. Congratulations and good luck, Buffy!

Don't Miss Your Opportunity

Could you be the next recipient chosen by our committee? We invite you to learn more about the Best Counseling Degrees' Scholarship today. Share your own story on how you're striving to positively impact the world and enhance the well-being of others in the counseling profession. You could earn $2,000 in tuition assistance to reduce the costs of earning your undergraduate or graduate degree in counseling.

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