Meagan Basilus, a school counseling graduate student in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, has been awarded one of two 2009 Mike Troy Graduate Student Scholarships by the Wisconsin School Counselor Association. This is the second WSCA scholarship awarded to a Marquette school counseling student in the past three years.
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). While in Africa, she raised money from friends and family in the U.S. with which she was able to assist in building a nursery school for the children of the village. Meagan credits this experience with showing her first-hand how “it takes a village to raise a child.”
"I am honored to receive the WSCA Scholarship and to represent the College of Education," Meagan says, "I love the opportunities offered at Marquette and feel that the school counseling program we have here is by far one of the most innovative and cutting edge programs in the U.S. We are learning to incorporate the American School Counseling Association's (ASCA) National Model into our framework as future-counselors and understanding what it means to be advocates for our students, our selves and our communities. I think the face of school counseling is changing and we (at Marquette) are at the forefront!"
WSCA is a division of the Wisconsin Counseling Association whose mission is to advance the profession of school counseling in preschool through post-secondary in order to maximize the academic performance, career planning, and personal/social growth of every student.