USJ Graduate Student Wins CT School Counselor Association Scholarship with Inspiring Essay 

Recently Avon, CT resident Angelo Virone, a master’s student in the University of Saint Joseph’s School Counseling program, won the Connecticut School Counselor Association’s 2022 Graduate Student Scholarship with an inspiring application. 

“As a first-generation college student and a bilingual first-generation immigrant to the United States, I have experienced firsthand the benefits a school counselor can provide,” Virone said. “I want to offer the same support, resources, and sense of clarity for my future students when I become a school counselor.” 

Virone’s professor at USJ, Dr. Marte Ostvik-de Wilde, Associate Professor of Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies, said, “Mr. Virone has always shown a willingness to engage with new people and new ideas. His active advocacy and desire to support LGBTQI students in his work is an example of his compassion and ability to walk the walk in terms of social justice work.” 

Virone was quick to give credit to USJ. “I’ve felt supported from the start at USJ. The program has prepared me for many opportunities, including networking and becoming the Connecticut School Counselor Association Graduate Student Liaison. The professors here are compassionate, and all have a common goal of making us the best counselors in the field.” 

Virone, who is slated to graduate from the School Counseling program in May 2023, has worked with children as a special education paraeducator. His academic achievements include earning admission into USJ’s Chi Sigma lota Counseling Honors Society. 

Learn more about USJ’s School Counseling, M.A. program here. 

The Connecticut School Counselor Association is the only organization in Connecticut dedicated to supporting and promoting school counselors. Learn more about the organization here.