OSCA's 2022 Emerging Leader is Chelsea Hinkle!

Chelsea is the 5th-grade counselor for Canyon Ridge Intermediate School. She was surprised today at her school by her students and staff. Her vice principal, George Meiwes, states, "Chelsea does a great job as she is working to create a counseling program that works to identify the needs of the students and our school and works to meet the needs of all students." Chelsea's vision for her students -  "It is my sincerest hope that each and every one of my students is equipped to handle challenging situations through problem-solving and healthy coping. I also desire for them to function at their highest level, resulting in a fulfilling future, contributing to their world in a meaningful way."

Chelsea will attend the ASCA National Conference in Austin, Texas this summer and present her findings at the 2022 OSCA Fall Conference. 

We are proud of you, Chelsea!

The Emerging Leader Grant seeks to identify individuals with a strong vision to promote the counseling profession and impact students and promising school counselor leadership potential. The Emerging Leader Grant provides the winner with an expenses-paid trip to ASCA's fall conference. The Emerging Leader winner serves on an OSCA committee for the duration of at least one year and presents their findings from the ASCA Conference at the OSCA Fall Conference.


A grant to cover expenses to attend the annual ASCA National Conference.  Recipient is announced each year during National School Counseling Week in February.

The Oklahoma School Counselor Association is seeking a driven school counselor that possesses leadership skills and a desire to participate in furthering the mission and vision of OSCA through personal enthusiasm, professional advocacy, and active contribution.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current member of the Oklahoma School Counselor Association
  • Must be a practicing school counselor in Oklahoma
  • Must be willing to actively serve at least one term on an OSCA Committee 

Download and sign the application cover sheet: Emerging Leader Application Form.pdf

Complete the application form linked here with 500-word essay describing your vision, goals, and leadership characteristics. 

Previous winners of the Emerging Leader Grant:

2021- Jaqueline Coplen from Norman Public Schools attending the ASCA Conference in Las Vegas, NV

2020- Joy Tatum from Locust Grove Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference virtually due to COVID-19

2019 - Megan Kennedy from Union Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference in Boston, MA

2018 - Christy Sturgeon from Broken Arrow Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference in Los Angeles, CA

2017 - Missy Smith from Norman Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference in Denver, CO

2016 - Tara Kerr from Perry Public Schools attended the ASCA Conference in New Orleans, LA

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