professional school counselors devote their careers to serving as
advocates for Iowa’s students and ensuring student success, the ISCA
School Counselor of the Year (SCOY) Award honors outstanding
professional school counselors in Iowa. Through an extensive outreach
process, Iowa counselors, teachers, administrators, and others are
encouraged to nominate professional school counselors who run exemplary
school counseling programs.
Iowa SCOY candidates complete a an extensive application process
similar to the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) national
awards process. SCOY nominees are judged by a panel of counseling
professionals on multiple criteria, including: school counseling
innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership skills and
contributions to student advancement.
Annually one Iowa SCOY winner is chosen by the ISCA Board to represent Iowa in the ASCA School Counselor of the Year Awards process. To date, Iowa has had one national finalist and two national semi-finalists.
Eligibility & Criteria
Iowa School Counselor of the Year - (Elementary, Middle/Jr. High, High School, and Multilevel)
The purpose of the four school counselor of the year awards is to recognize an elementary, middle/jr. high, high school, and multilevel (preK-12) counselor for outstanding service and achievement.
Eligibility for consideration
The nominee must be currently employed as a full-time counselor in an Iowa school and have completed three consecutive years of counseling service at the level nominated. The nominee must be a current member of ISCA as of September 15, 2023.
The nominee should maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and recognize that his/her personal conduct is held up to public scrutiny. Nominees strive to be model citizens of their community as well as the school counseling community and their broader professional community. They maintain high moral standards in their personal and professional conduct.
Nominees must have been responsible for school counseling innovations or further development of programs to support the career, personal/social and academic development of all students. Nominees must demonstrate leadership, advocacy and collaboration in their work and promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement.The nomination form asks for basic contact information as well as for the SCA (School Counseling Association) – please just mark “Iowa” in that box! Your nominee will receive an immediate notification via email and will be asked to complete the on-line application process.
Nominations for 2023 awards are now open! Nominations are due by August 15, 2023. All nominees must be a member of ISCA.