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Riley awarded $8,000 counseling scholarship

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Tom Riley of Wilson has been awarded an $8,000 scholarship from the National Board for Certified Counselors’ NBCC Foundation.

As a military scholarship recipient, Riley will receive funding to support his counseling education. A graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and Duke University’s Divinity School, Riley is currently a master’s student in the mental health counseling program at N.C. Central University in Durham.

Upon graduation, Riley hopes to work with veterans of all ages, particularly those with post-traumatic stress disorders and/or substance use disorders, according to the Greensboro-based NBCC Foundation. He is also interested in helping civilian organizations understand veterans’ needs.

“Earning this scholarship will allow Riley to learn more about challenges veterans have reintegrating after deployment and tools to help them be more resilient,” according to a foundation news release.

The NBCC Foundation created its military scholarship in 2009 to increase access to counselors for military personnel, veterans and families suffering from a shortage of available mental health professionals. Nearly 40 students from across the country applied for the six 2017 military scholarships.

From staff reports