OCCF will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th. We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28th. Best wishes from all of us to you.

OCCF Celebrates National School Counseling Week

Jan 31, 2024 | Scholarships

As the state’s largest independent scholarship provider, we work closely with counselors nationwide to provide students with the best possible outcomes.

The American School Counselor Association shares our affinity for these fantastic counselors, sponsoring the 2024 National School Counseling Week!

Celebrated from February 5-9, the 2024 NSCW is an opportunity to show these counselors a little more love than usual, providing recognition for their implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program, a vital part of the education process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career options and social/emotional skills. School counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.

Jill Cook

Executive Director, American School Counseling Association

The Foundation recognizes counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, career and social/emotional development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many schools will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.

To learn more about OCCF and its relationship with Counselors in Oklahoma, please visit our Central Oklahoma High School Counselor Network.

Scholarship applications are also currently open for students from all backgrounds. Learn how to apply here:

We at the Foundation cannot stress enough the value school counselors bring to our scholarships program. OCCF is grateful to be able to provide opportunities for continuing education to our Central Oklahoma High School Counselor Network as well as unique opportunities for the students at these counselors’ schools.

The work these counselors do is tremendous. Together, we are working for better outcomes for students in our state.

Rick Fernandez

Counselor & Development Outreach Coordinator, OCCF Scholarships Team