CALPCC is launching a brand new Fellows program to help foster diverse and marginalized students with significant barriers to obtain counseling licensure and thrive as practitioners.

Our initial pilot launch extends to students at San Francisco State University and San Jose State University only.

Please read below for more details.

APPLICATION INFO (deadline passed Jan. 1, 2021)


BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color)
1st generation students
Students with disabilities
Foster youth
Lived mental health experience
Returning students
Adult learners obtaining 1st degree


1) Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at San Jose State University or San Francisco State University;

2) Have a strong commitment to a career in mental health services and desire to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor;

3) Be willing to commit to 1.5 hour monthly meetings over 6 months.


  • 2-year Student level membership to CALPCC
  • Complimentary registration at all CALPCC-sponsored events
  • Membership in Regional Networking Groups
  • $500 Fee Scholarship upon acceptance to a counseling graduate program toward expenses
  • Career mentorship and guidance from Board of Directors


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Do you require any accessibility accommodations to apply for this opportunity above and beyond what your university's Disability Student Services can assist with? 

Please contact us at or call at (408) 357-4914.



Updated 1/1/21 to reflect delays:

Applications accepted from December 1 to January 1, 2021 - applications now closed
Notify applicants on whether or not they move forward: January 18, 2021
Group interview via Zoom: Week of January 29 - Feb. 1, 2021

Final selection: February 12th, 2021

Fellowship Program: February 15, 2021 - July 2021



Applicants do not need to be a U.S. citizens, permanent residents or noncitizen nationals.

Applicants must:

  • Be a member of one or more of the following communities: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, foster youth background, and/or have a disability;
  • Have a strong commitment to a career in mental health services and desire to attend a graduate program in the Counseling profession and one day become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor;
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, part-time or full-time, at either San Jose State University or San Francisco State University;
  • Be willing to commit to (1) 1.5 Hour Virtual Meeting 1 time per month and participate in monthly discussions and remain engaged. (No more than 2 absences during the 6 month program will be allowed.)


  • Letter of Interest 
  • Essay
  • Curriculum Vita or Résumé.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) or proof of registration – from current institution. No minimum GPA required. (feel free to download from student portal).

Letter Of Interest:

We at CALPCC are committed to diversity and inclusivity, and our hope in creating this fellowship is to change the face of the counseling field by supporting the development of a new and diverse generation of counseling professionals.

Please share with the CALPCC fellowship committee a bit of who you are and why you are interested becoming an CALPCC Fellow. Our committee strives to ensure that our fellows come from a diversity of cultures, languages, social economic status, ages, households, races and ethnicities, genders, political and religious beliefs, physical and learning dis/abilities, sexual orientations and work experiences.

Formatting requirements: please upload as a .pdf or Word document. 12-pt font size, Times New Roman; 1 page single-spaced or 2 pages double-spaced (maximum)

Essay Topic:

Tell us what you envision when you think of a counselor. What motivates you to become a counselor? Are there stigmas or barriers to access associated with both getting and providing mental health services in your community? If so, tell us what you would do or what you would like see changed in the field of counseling to address the stigmas or barriers to access.

Formatting requirements: please upload as a .pdf or Word document. 12-point font size in Times New Roman; 2 pages single spaced or 3.5 pages double-spaced.

Applications closed Jan. 1, 2021.

Please check this page for our next Fellows application cycle later in the year.

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