Counselor scholarship awarded to area graduate students

The Ruth C. Stacy Counselor Scholarship, established at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, was recently awarded to two recipients: Amber Rogers and Julie Stephen.

Amber Rogers of Aliquippa, Pa. is attending Geneva College in Beaver Falls to pursue her master’s degree in mental health counseling. She is interning at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pa. Rogers chose to become a mental health counselor to “stop treating individuals like their disorder and to start treating them like valuable human beings.”

Julie Stephen of North East, Pa. is pursuing her master’s in the clinical mental health counseling program at Gannon University in Erie, Pa. This fall, she will begin her clinical internship as an outpatient master’s intern for Safe Harbor Behavioral Services in Erie. Stephen’s desire is to “help people work through life’s unique challenges and achieve optimal wellness.”

The Ruth C. Stacy Counselor Scholarship Fund was established at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation in 2007. A resident of Mayville, Stacy created this fund to support graduate level students majoring in school or mental health counseling. Stacy is an experienced school and mental health counselor; she holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in counseling.

The NCCF was incorporated in 1986 as a tax-exempt charitable organization. Since its establishment, the NCCF has distributed more than $9.1 million in the community through its various grant programs. It is an organization inherently committed to enriching the northern Chautauqua community and encouraging local philanthropy. For more information on the NCCF, visit or call 366-4892.