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National Association of Junior Auxiliaries

Jessica Nelson, master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, was awarded the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA) Graduate Scholarship. Initiated in 1962, the NAJA Graduate Scholarship Program has awarded over 5o0 grants totaling over a million dollars for graduate study in fields addressing the unique needs of youth and children.

Jessica Nelson“I feel honored to have been selected for this scholarship. I am sure there were many other qualified applicants. I also feel affirmed in my educational and career paths.”

She found this scholarship opportunity by searching the internet for graduate student scholarships. To apply, she filled out an online application form including a personal statement, resume, and the cost of attending UT Knoxville. She also had to request official transcripts to be sent to NAJA and three letters of recommendation. Once she was selected as a semi finalist, she had a 10-minute phone interview with the NAJA scholarship board.

What do you think made your application stand out?

The NAJA scholarship is specifically for graduate students living in states with a NAJA chapter who plan to work with children. Because my resume reflects my commitment to working with children in Tennessee, I believe they were confident when I told them I would continue on this path as a counselor.