The primary purpose of the H.B. McDANIEL FOUNDATION is to honor and foster the work of Professor H.B. McDaniel, the first Director of Guidance for the California State Department of Education and Professor of Psychology and Education at Stanford University,  by improving the field of guidance and counseling and thereby assisting in the optimal growth and development of youth and adults of our present and future times.



  • Provide an open forum for the exchange of research and of new ideas and practices relating to guidance and counseling programs/services.

  • Hold annual H.B. McDaniel Foundation/CASC Northern California Workshops on the Stanford Campus providing cutting edge professional development to Northern California School Counselors.


  • Recognize those individuals and professional groups who are developing new, improved or exemplary counseling and guidance programs/services for all ages and settings. Over the years 49 Individual Award Winners, 35 Professional Groups and over 100 Hall of Fame Inductees have been recognized for their contributions to the field of School Counseling.


  • Assist and encourage graduate students to engage in the study of counseling and guidance. Over the past 15 years, $22,700 has been awarded to graduate students demonstrating outstanding achievement in Research and Service to the School Counseling profession.

Please Join Our 2021 Virtual Banquet

Saturday, April 24th at 4:00PM

HB McDaniel Foundation School Counseling is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: H.B. McDaniel Foundation 2021 Virtual Celebration 
Time: Apr 24, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 892 3622 5440 
Passcode: 540372

We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting our first ever virtual award celebration on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 from 4:00-5:30pm via Zoom. During this year’s award celebration we will continue the tradition of honoring professionals for their contributions to the field of school counseling as well as recognizing future school counselors with scholarships. This year we are honoring our 2020 winners along with our 2021 winners:

H. B. McDaniel Hall of Fame Awards 


Class of 2020 

Dr. Laura Smillie Heid

Laura joined the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California in 1988. Serving as the department’s Program Director for 8 years and taking on multiple roles to support the numerous specializations, Laura has been an integral part of the success of the counseling program at SMC for over 30 years! Laura has taught several courses in the department— from the introductory personal and professional development course to the culminating field work seminars for school counseling, MFT, and PCC students. As a counselor educator, Laura’s commitment to her students and enthusiasm for teaching is unyielding.  


Posthumously Awarded to Dr. Mary T. Parish

Mary’s career as a practitioner largely centered around her work with people who were diagnosed with HIV or with AIDS in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. A staunch advocate for this population, Mary was especially dedicated to this work. Becoming a counselor educator, Mary furthered her career. She worked in the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California until her retirement in 2012. Mary directed the Marriage & Family Therapy program, was instrumental in helping to strengthen the school counseling program, and served as the Associate Dean for the School of Education. 


Marcia Sieckowski


Marcia has worked as a K-12 educator, a school counselor, and a counselor educator for over 35 years in the Clovis Unified School District in Fresno County. She has also been a mainstay for the National University PPS Program, serving graduate students in the Central Valley as professor and field experience supervisor. Marcia was often the first and final contact for National’s PPS School Counselor graduates. Every year, the San Joaquin School Counselor Association could depend on Marcia to help organize (and often to initiate) plans for professional development opportunities. She was instrumental in connecting the SJCA with speakers on topics important to the role of the school counselor. To her colleagues and her students, Marcia’s dedication and contributions to the PPS School Counseling profession are profound.



H. B. McDaniel Hall of Fame Awards

Class of 2021


Mrs. Myrna Harp 

Myrna Harp is a school counselor at Marina Village Middle School in the Rescue Unified School District located in El Dorado Hills, CA where she has served in said capacity for 17 years.  Her unwavering dedication in working with students as a school counselor has earned her both state and national accolades.  Mryna received the School Counselor of the Year award from the CA Association of School Counselors in 2014-2015 and was a Semi-Finalist for the American School Counselor Association’s School Counselor of the Year award.  Myrna has put her dedication in action by writing a grant to build a community-counseling center in an elementary school in North Sacramento and will soon market a game called “Truth or Dare for School Counseling” encouraging student participation, teaching risk taking, self-control, and more.  Myrna has proven time and again that she is indeed a remarkable individual! 


Dr. Xiaolu Hu

Nomination letter attached

The nominee form Aubrey and her colleagues in the Department of Counselor Education at San Jose State University is Dr. Xiaolu Hu to the HoF for 2021. Xiaolu is bridging toward retirement so we thought that it would be a nice surprise if she is inducted into the HoF. She has been at SJSU for 30+ years (was actually the first woman in the department). Also, she presented with our very own John Krumboltz in China.



Class of 2021 Scholarships and Grants

To honor the legacy of educational excellence, leadership, and service of H. B. McDaniel, in addition to presenting the Dale C. Burklund Research Fellowship and the James William Allen School Counselor Service Scholarship to Masters candidates in school counseling, we also will present the John D. Krumboltz Memorial Career Development Grant to a practicing school counselor. This grant aims to honor the planned and unplanned learning experiences that characterize the career trajectory of a school counselor, encourage lifelong learning, and inspire practitioner research.



The H.B. McDaniel Foundation celebrated our 45th annual conference and banquet. The conference included a full day of professional development breakout sessions for professionals in the field. The previous evening, the Foundation held our annual Banquet to acknowledge individuals and groups in the field of school counseling.
The Foundation also awarded four students with distinctive scholarships during the banquet. The scholarships acknowledge the research and service of counselors in training while honoring former Stanford University Professor and eminent state counseling leader, Dr. H.B. McDaniel, who left a legacy of educational excellence, leadership, and service. Please click on current news to learn more about these two amazing days at Stanford University.