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The School of Education and Human Development’s students Paola Rojas and Madelayne Rodriguez and alumna Loidaly Gonzalez-Rosario were each recently awarded a $10,000 national fellowship with the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP).

The program helps ensure the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being. By strategically promoting and providing fellowships to master’s level counseling students, the NBCC MFP strengthens the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors.

Recipients were selected among many qualified applicants for their extraordinary commitment to addressing the mental health issues of underserved minority communities.