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New scholarship for Counselor Education students at AUM


New scholarship for Counselor Education students at AUM

Auburn University at Montgomery’s Dr. Paul F. Hard establishes scholarship for students enrolled in Counselor Education.

Auburn Montgomery/Montgomery, Ala. (Feb. 27, 2018) — Dr. Paul F. Hard, Associate Professor of Counselor Education, has established an endowed graduate award for students enrolled in Counselor Education at Auburn University at Montgomery. The endowment is named the David Fancher Hard Endowed Graduate Award in memory of Dr. Hard’s late husband. 

To be eligible to receive consideration for the David Fancher Hard Award, a student must be admitted to Auburn University at Montgomery and be accepted to the Counselor Education Program, have a GPA of 2.5, demonstrate financial need, and be a resident of the State of Alabama. Preference will be shown for a student who demonstrates involvement in AUM Spectrum or another organization with a similar mission of diversity and inclusiveness. 

“It is an honor for Auburn University at Montgomery to be a part of their remembrance of loved ones. On behalf of Auburn University at Montgomery, I thank Dr. Paul Hard for his generous gift,” said Chancellor Carl A. Stockton. “This is the first graduate award specifically for Counselor Education students, and I know our students greatly appreciate the opportunity the David Fancher Hard Award will provide for them.”

Dr. Hard’s first career was that of a Southern Baptist Minister with 25 years of ecclesiastical experience, having earned a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Religious Education. He went on to earn a Masters and a Ph.D. in Counseling to work in Alabama’s Community Mental Health System and private practice before joining the faculty in the AUM College of Education. 

His concentrations are in community, clinical mental health, marriage and family counseling.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Counselor Supervisor. His research interests are in the areas of counselor/professional impairment and wellness, complicated grieving in pre- and post-natal loss, professional credentialing and advocacy, Sexual Minorities, Disaster Recovery, the history of mental health treatment, and ministerial termination. Hard is past treasurer of the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB), former member of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC), a past-chair of the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Southern Region, a past-president of the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), a recipient of the Jean H Cecil Distinguished Counselor Educator Award, the AASCB Service Award,  ALCA Distinguished Professional Service Award, the ALCA Outstanding Program Award, ALCA Outstanding Member Award, ACA Large Branch Award for Best Membership Service, and two-time recipient of the ALCA President’s Award.

Endowed Graduate Award levels are established by the Auburn University Foundation. The minimum named graduate endowed award is $30,000, but the endowment can be at any level above that. Once it reaches the minimum level, the endowment funding is permanent; investment proceeds are then used to award fellowship assistance for eligible students.   

Auburn University at Montgomery is ranked among the South’s top universities by U.S. News and World Report and is recognized one of the best colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review. AUM is designated as a Military Friendly School and is consistently chosen as the best university in the area. Auburn Montgomery provides students with detailed knowledge and hands-on, practical experience, often from professionals in the field.

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