Screen-Shot-2013-09-12-at-3.14.47-PMThe NBCC Foundation (NBCCF) recently selected the recipients of its 2013 Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) scholarships. Scholarship recipients will receive $5,000 to support their counseling education and recognize their commitment to providing career counseling and guidance.

The goal of the GCDF scholarship program is to increase the number of available counselors providing quality career guidance and facilitation. In doing so, the GCDF scholarship program plays an important role in the Foundation’s mission to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. Learn more about the GCDF scholarship by clicking here.

The Board of Trustees was impressed with the high caliber of applicants from across the country and around the world. The scholarship recipients are Ileana Luminita Balasoiu, of Bucharest, Romania; Angela Robinson, of Moncks Corner, South Carolina; and Madalina Zaharia, of Bucharest, Romania.

Balasoiu received her undergraduate degree in educational sciences at the University of Bucharest. She is continuing her studies by pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling and career development, also at the University of Bucharest, where she is enrolled in the GCDF training program. Balasoiu looks forward to practicing as a career counselor in order to further develop the profession in Romania.

Robinson received her B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina and her M.S. in English from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in secondary school counseling at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina. As a teacher, she obtained the GCDF credential in 2007 in order to provide meaningful assistance to students in preparation for life after high school.

Zaharia received her bachelor’s degree in commerce and master’s degree in marketing and business communication from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling and career development at the University of Bucharest, where she is also enrolled in the GCDF training program. As a counselor, she plans to focus on the development and implementation of educational programs for children, teenagers and young adults, and on assisting adults with career changes.

In early 2014, the Foundation will award 15 military, minority and rural scholarships to increase the number of counselors serving these priority areas. For more information or to make a donation, visit More information about the GCDF credential, from the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE), is available at CCE is a platinum sponsor of the NBCC Foundation.

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