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Press Release for Wednesday, June 1, 2016

UNF Student Selected for NBCC Foundation Minority Fellowship Program-Youth

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

Fulterius King, a graduate student majoring in clinical mental health counseling at the University of North Florida, was selected for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation’s Minority Fellowship Program-Youth. He will receive funding and training to support his education and facilitate service to underserved minority populations, with a focus on transition-age youth, ages 16 to 25.


“I am honored to be recognized as a fellow within this prestigious organization,” said King, who in addition to his studies is working as a case manager at Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network. “As a fellow within the program, I will receive supervision, training and mentoring from established professionals within the mental health counseling field.”


The goal of the fellowship program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of available culturally competent behavioral health professionals. King and 30 other master’s-level counseling students will each receive an $8,000 education award from NBCC.


King’s career goal is to become a counseling psychologist working at a private practice. He is interested in working with at-risk adolescents and young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual individuals and African-Americans.


“My passion is to make mental health services and resources more accessible for this group and other minority populations,” he said.


King received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia State University. He is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society and Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.


The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, the nation’s premiere professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.