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The Massachusetts School Counselors Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to work for the promotion, improvement and expansion of guidance and counseling in Massachusetts. Membership in MASCA is open to counselors active in public and private elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth. Graduate students enrolled in counselor education programs, post-secondary level counselors, counselor educators, and retired counselors are also eligible for membership.

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MASCA is now accepting proposals for the graduate student poster session at the 2024 MASCA Conference on April 8-9, 2024 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center!  We are excited to announce that the 2024 MASCA Conference will offer both an in-person experience and a virtual option. Consequently, the graduate student poster session will also have in-person and virtual components! 

Interested graduate students can learn more and submit their proposals HERE
Presenting a poster during graduate studies is a wonderful opportunity for you to showcase your work.  

Proposals are due Friday, December 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. without exception.

Questions about the graduate student poster session can be directed to
Dr. Maria Letasz at

Conference Scholarships:  MASCA is pleased to announce that we will provide three full scholarships (not including the pre-conference) to the 2024 Spring Conference.  This scholarship is only for the conference registration and does not include transportation, housing or any other expenses.  The 2024 scholarships will be awarded in memory of three of our O.S.C.A.R. recipients, Louise Forsyth, Ralph Sennott and John Gould.  The O.S.C.A.R. is MASCA's highest award given to those who have been lifelong MASCA members and volunteers.

The goal of the MASCA Conference Scholarship is to provide three members with a scholarship so they can experience MASCA's premier professional development program for the first time.

Eligibility Criteria - Applicants must:

    • Be a MASCA member
    • Be a licensed school counselor in Massachusetts
    • Have never been to a MASCA Annual Spring Conference before
    • Have a desire to take advantage of this free PD opportunity

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by January 10, 2024 at 11:59pm.  Apply here.
Selection Process: A selection committee will choose the three recipients.  Recipients will be notified no later than January 25, 2024.

If you have any questions about the conference, please reach out to Ruth Carrigan, Conference Chair.  Questions about the Conference Scholarship should go to Bob Bardwell, Executive Director.


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Great news for school counseling graduate students!

Membership in MASCA is FREE for new or renewing student members.  All grad student applicants must still complete the   online membership application  in order for their membership to be approved. When applying or renewing, please be sure to list your school, your graduate faculty advisor and the anticipated year of graduation.  Your membership will not be approved without this information.

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MASCA deeply values its diverse membership and is fully committed to creating an organization where each individual is welcomed, included, respected and empowered.  No person will be excluded from MASCA on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or military status, or for any other discriminatory reason. These activities include, but are not limited to, appointment of its Governing Board, hiring or firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and the providing of services.  This policy is fundamental to the effective functioning of MASCA as an organization that supports counselors and promotes equity in our schools, districts and the Commonwealth.

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