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Bogenrief awarded NBCC Foundation military scholarship

Jordan Bogenrief, recipient of NBCC Foundation scholarship
Jordan Bogenrief

South Dakota State University graduate student Jordan Bogenrief ’18 has been awarded an $8,000 NBCC Foundation military scholarship.

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors Inc., awards the military scholarship to service members, veterans and their spouses who are pursuing a counseling education and commit to serving fellow military personnel, veterans and families upon graduation. The NBCC Foundation awarded six $8,000 military scholarships for the 2020–21 award year.

A Madison native, Bogenrief earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. It was during his time as an undergrad when he was thinking of ways to make the biggest impact in his career and thought back to his days as a Marine and his fellow Marines.

“The unit I came from has gone through a pretty high rate of suicide. Unfortunately, it's kind of a recurring theme since I've gotten out of the military. My biggest goal is to try to put myself in the best position to help other veterans,” said Bogenrief, who is pursuing a master’s degree in the clinical mental health counseling. “I’m trying to figure out how to best set the example for others to see that getting help is not a bad thing.”

Bogenrief said the scholarship allows him to pursue additional education in various areas such as grief therapy, anxiety and dialectical behavior therapy training. He’s also looking into education on sexual assault and trauma.

“Jordan has been a great addition to our counseling program at South Dakota State University. He is a reflective, analytical student who is making a difference in the lives of students at SDSU through his internship work at the counseling center on campus. We are fortunate to have someone with his skills and ability and are excited to watch his career continue to grow after graduation,” said Jay Trenhaile, who leads the departments of Counseling and Human Development and Teaching, Learning and Leadership.

After graduating this summer, Bogenrief plans to work with veterans, particularly those who are transitioning into civilian life, experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and victims of sexual assault. He would like to work to break down the barrier of stigma for veterans seeking counseling services. Earning this scholarship will allow Bogenrief to establish a stronger professional identity as a counselor and to improve his competency in serving the military community.

The mission of the NBCC Foundation is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. The military scholarship was created in 2009 to increase access to counselors for military personnel, veterans and families suffering from a shortage of available mental health professionals.

The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 66,000 board certified counselors in the United States and over 50 countries. The foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.