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School of Education awarded $100,000 grant to support the training of school counselors statewide

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Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education was awarded a $100,000 one-year grant to support the professional development of K-12 school counselors in Maryland. The philanthropic School Counselors Advancing Student Success and Well-being grant will expand training Loyola provides for site supervisors. Site supervisors are school counselors who train future school counselors throughout the state.

The grant, which was awarded by the Kahlert Foundation, will offer support and training, fund professional development conferences, and create opportunities for advanced skills development. It will produce stronger supervisors for Loyola graduate school counseling students in training. This training underscores Loyola’s commitment to training and placing highly qualified school counselors across Maryland to support the social and emotional needs of students Pre-K-12.

"This grant demonstrates the program’s commitment to evidence and research-based practices that transform student outcomes and provide transformational training opportunities,” said Afra Ahmed Hersi, Ph.D., dean of Loyola’s School of Education. “It exemplifies why Loyola continues to offer a cutting-edge School Counseling program for anyone who wants to be a school counselor. Our graduates serve youth in Baltimore, and across the state, and provide much needed counseling services to young people in schools.”

Training will now be offered to school counselors throughout Maryland who are willing to sponsor and train Loyola students in their endeavor to become strong school counselors and advocates for children.

“School counselors are a vital part of the educational team. Along with teachers and administrators, they help to improve a student’s learning, mental health and outcomes, said Ellen Myers, executive director of the Kahlert Foundation. “The foundation is pleased to support Loyola’s program to ensure students in Maryland have a positive and healthy student experience.”

To learn more about Loyola’s Master’s in School Counseling programs, the internship experience, or how to be a site supervisor, visit

More about the Kahlert Foundation
The Kahlert Foundation's mission is to provide grants to non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life and well-being of the community in the areas of health care, education, youth programs, veteran organizations, and human services. The foundation’s focus is the states of Maryland and Utah.