Today, those in the counseling profession, are called upon to meet a diverse and ever changing society composed of growing pressures and constant challenges.  More complex liability issues, legal issues, licensure laws and ethical concerns increase expectations for the counseling professional. 

Since 2007, close to $300,000.00 has been awarded to counseling graduate students and practicing mental health professionals - individuals, organizations, and agencies.

It is with your support and generous gifts that the Foundation stands ready to help give vision to the future of our profession in Illinois by supporting counseling and mental health

professionals and counseling graduate students in their research, professional development, and care for identified social needs in their communities, though our annual grant awards.    

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Autism Spectrum of Understanding 


Thank you to everyone who made this event so incredibly special!  We are thankful for the outpouring of support.

If you would like to learn more about Autism, or partner with the Schultz Foundation in the Rockford area, please reach out to Roseanne Oppmann at (815) 519-3106 or Jenica Hopkins at (309) 306-1193.


 ​              Merlin W. Schultz Professional Development Grant                       Up to $1,000 for individuals and up to $1,500 for groups   


Melanie E. Rawlins Research Grant

         Up to $1,000 for individuals

Toni R. Tollerud School Counselor Grant

            Up to $1,000 for individuals

​ Robert J. Nejedlo Social Emphasis Grant

       Provides funding for larger projects, see application for details   

Meet a Grantee

                                                               Michael Villarreal, LCPC, NCC
2017 Grantee 

Here’s how the Merlin W. Schultz Professional Development Grant has benefited my work with my clients.  I'd like the share with you the story of "Carlos". 


Carlos a Latino old male in his 30's, with a history of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, exhibiting PTSD, depression and anxiety sx's, was increasingly isolated, struggling with low self-esteem, insecurities and lack of confidence.  I had been working with him intermittently over the last two years, however once I introduced EMDR interventions he has begun to attend sessions regularly and I have observed a significant shift in his presentation. Carlos has become more social and open with his family, taking risks in being vulnerable within these relationships and reports an overall increase in satisfaction within the quality of his relationships.  Carlos reports decrease in the frequency of flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and increase in self-esteem and confidence.  Weeks after our initial EMDR session, when I asked what he noticed different over the last several weeks, he expressed, "I've been walking around with my head down for so long, and I feel like I can look up as I walk around".  Our work has dramatically shifted, as I believe EMDR has supported his healing process and ability to work toward Carlos being more present and self-actualizing.  It's been an absolute pleasure to see his progress.  


Through this grant, I continue to offer no-cost counseling for clients who may benefit from this modality.  

Invest in the future of counseling. Thank a counselor who has made a difference in your own or a loved ones life, Professionals;  honor your peers, or celebrate your clients by making a gift to the Foundation.   



Executive Director


Jenica Hopkins, B.A.




Dr. Melanie Rawlins





     Ms. Roseanne Oppmann, M.S.




Ms. LaCleta Hall, M.S.





Dr. Donna Kirkpatrick Pinson

















 Contact Us


Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling


28 Shorewood Drive

Macomb, IL 61455



The Illinois Counseling Association Foundation, dba Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling, is a 501(c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 




 Board of Directors



Mr. Earl Bracey, J.D., M.S.


Dr. James Klein


Dr. Maricruz Ramos

Ms. Nicole Zook, M.S.

Ms. Sherri McLaughlin, M.S.

Mr. Paul Nolley, B.S.


Director Emeritis

Dr. Stephany Joy-Newman