Meagan Basilius, a graduate school counseling student in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, has been selected as a recipient of the 2010 ASCA Foundation Scholarship sponsored by Anheuser Busch and the ASCA Foundation. Only ten 2010 ASCA scholarship recipients were chosen from more than 150 applications nationwide.
Remarkably, this is the fifth scholarship awarded to a Marquette University counseling student in the past five years, making Marquette's school counseling program home to more ASCA scholarship recipients than any other program in the country.
Meagan, whose scholarship application essay boldly countered the traditional three C’s of the school counseling profession (Counseling, Coordination and Consultation) with three new C's -- Challenge, Change and Connect, credits the Marquette program with giving her an advantage over other scholarship applicants.
"If I’ve occasionally found myself disheartened by the research, frustrated with the reality of a practicum experience, or uninspired by the seemingly slow pace of change," she writes, "it is because I have come to expect great things from school counselors, from our profession and from myself."
It goes without saying that Meagan holds herself to extremely high standards -- particularly when it comes to the Marquette ideal of cura personalis. Prior to entering the counseling program at Marquette, Meagan spent 8 years working in London (UK) and 2 years in Boston, managing the operations of study abroad (internship) programs before taking 6 months off to volunteer in The Gambia (West Africa). Her personal commitment to excellence is evident in her academic work, as well as her commitment to her profession.
"A year ago," Meagan states in the closing paragraph of her essay, "I would have accepted nothing less than A’s, but now I expect no less than a lifelong dedication to C’s. Please don’t tell my professors.
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development, preparing them to achieve success in school and lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 26,000 professional school counselors around the globe.