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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – July 6, 2017 -- South University, West Palm Beach student Darnella Williams-Hankins has been awarded an $8,000 scholarship by the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation (NBCCF).

Williams-Hankins was honored with the organization’s military scholarship, which is given to service members, veterans or their spouses who are pursuing a degree in counseling education and have committed to working with the military community after graduation. Williams-Hankins is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and was one of only six students nationwide chosen for the 2017 scholarship.

The NBCFF created the military scholarship in 2009 as a way to try to combat the shortage of professional counselors available to help members of the military and their families. After earning her degree, Williams-Hankins says she plans to focus her career on veterans. She is especially interested in helping those who are returning to the civilian life after losing a limb, individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, and those seeking help for marital problems brought about by long military deployments.

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