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Scholarships for Addiction


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AAC Behavioral Health Scholarships - Each year, the American Addiction Centers (AAC) awards one $5,000 and two $2,500 Behavioral Health Scholarships to students pursuing counseling, psychology, social work, marital therapy, or related majors full-time and part-time. Eligible undergraduate and graduate students must be attending accredited U.S. colleges, be at least 18 years old, and show interest in treating substance abuse disorders. Applications must include an 800-1,000 word essay suggesting solutions to key behavioral health issues.

AAMFT Diversity Scholarship - The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) offers several scholarships for counseling, including its Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders. Valued at $3,000, this award is offered to ethnic minority students who are enrolled full-time or part-time in COMAFTE-accredited master’s marriage and family counseling programs in the United States to become licensed therapists. Graduate applicants must submit a current resume, two letters of reference, and a supervisor candidate verification form.

Asa Hilliard III Black Education Scholarship - Named for a San Francisco State professor who devoted his career to promoting African-centered education, the Asa Hilliard III Black Education Scholarship is awarded by the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development each year. To qualify, ACA members must be earning a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling full-time or part-time at an accredited U.S. institution. Nominees must write a 500-word essay that exhibits their dedication to serving individuals and communities of African descent.

Betty W. Robbins Scholarships - Since 1962, the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries Inc. has awarded over $1.2 million in graduate counseling scholarships, including the $1,000 Betty W. Robbins Scholarships. United States citizens residing in Southeastern states with an NAJA chapter can apply. Eligibility criteria requires attending an accredited university to study counseling, psychology, rehabilitation, speech pathology, special education, or relevant fields for careers working directly with exceptional children.

Butch Barnes Scholarship Award - Created by the Arkansas Rehabilitation Association to honor a beloved vocational counselor who died suddenly, the Butch Barnes Scholarship Award presents $1,500 to full-time graduate students majoring in rehabilitation counseling. Qualified recipients must attend any in-state Arkansas university, take nine or more credits per semester, maintain a GPA above 3.0, show knowledge of the public vocational rehab program, submit three recommendations, and write a brief career goals statement.

Catharine Wilder Guiles Scholarship - Administered by the Maine Community Foundation, the Catharine Wilder Guiles Scholarship awards $2,000 yearly to outstanding graduate students who are pursuing mental health education in the University of Maine or University of Southern Maine systems. Acceptable majors include counseling, social work, psychiatric nursing, and psychology. Eligible Maine residents must be starting their second year, have unmet financial need, attend on-campus courses, and intend to work with mentally ill adults in Maine’s public sector.

Clinton E. Phillips Scholarship - Offering up to $4,000, the Clinton E. Phillips Scholarship is granted by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to honor the California Family Study Center’s co-founder. Financial assistance is provided for earning an accredited master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy, or closely related mental health disciplines. Judges look for high academic achievement, active participation in community service, CAMFT membership, and potential for the LMFT profession.

Donald Mattson Graduate Scholarship - Given to the Graduate Student of the Year, the $500 Donald Mattson Graduate Scholarship recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) members. Eligible nominees must be pursuing an accredited master’s program in clinical mental health counseling, attend a U.S. institution, carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and show significant contributions to the counseling field. Nomination packets must be sent with two recommendations to the state’s AMHCA chapter.

Elk River College Scholarships - Ranging from $500 to $5,000 yearly, the Elk River College Scholarships are awarded each spring to junior, senior, or graduate students who are majoring in mental health-related fields full-time at accredited colleges in the United States. These counseling scholarships are ideal for aspiring addiction counselors, case managers, eating disorder therapists, family therapists, child psychologists, and more. Applicants must be U.S. residents who hold a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate passion for helping others.

Haberman-Williams Graduate Scholarship - The Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA) created the Haberman-Williams Graduate Scholarship to bestow $1,000 and free one-year membership to outstanding students pursuing graduate study in counseling, preferably clinical mental health. Interested applicants must reside in Massachusetts, attend a CACREP-accredited U.S. college, possess a minimum 3.4 GPA, exhibit community leadership, and be passionate about solving mental health issues. Annual conference fee waivers are included with the master’s counseling scholarships.

Harry and Susanne Clay Scholarship - Worth $2,000, the Harry and Susanne Clay Scholarship is presented annually by the Michigan School Counselor Association (MSCA) to students currently pursuing full-time study for a master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree in school counseling. Promising K-12 school counselors must be accepted into CACREP-accredited colleges, hold MSCA membership, have unmet need for tuition assistance, submit at least one letter of recommendation, and write a 500-word essay outlining their vision of school counseling.

Jim Rhatigan Fellowship Scholarships - Annually, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) gifts the Jim Rhatigan Fellowship Scholarships for $500 to four graduate scholars pursuing accredited master’s or doctoral degrees in student affairs counseling, admission counseling, or related higher education fields. Funding will include an NASPA Annual Conference trip. Eligible applicants must upload an original two to three-minute video to YouTube discussing a hot topic in college education.

Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship - In memory of a social welfare advocate who passed away in 2004, the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) created the Josie Torralba Romero Scholarship, which gifts $1,000 each year. Eligible Latino/as must be New Mexico residents, attend an accredited in-state college full-time, demonstrate financial need, and complete 24+ hours of volunteer service. Preference is given to undergraduates pursuing degrees in counseling, social work, human services, or related majors with a 3.0 GPA.

Marge Tierney Scholarship Fund - Through the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the Marge Tierney Scholarship Fund distributes $1,000 per year to qualified individuals who are enrolling full-time or part-time in an accredited master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. Eligible NYS residents are evaluated based on their commitment to helping disabled adolescents or adults cope with impairment, live independently, and find gainful employment. Preference is given to applicants with diagnosed disabilities.

Marie C. Quinn Memorial Scholarship - Another of the New York counseling scholarships is the Marie C. Quinn Memorial Scholarship, which grants a maximum of $4,000 to members of the Nassau Counselors Association (NCA). To apply, candidates must be enrolled at least half-time in accredited master’s counseling programs, have completed 12 or more graduate credits, show academic merit, and plan to obtain counseling licensure. Studying, interning, or residing in Long Island’s Nassau Country is mandatory.

Mike Troy Graduate Scholarship - Members of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) gain access to the $1,000 Mike Troy Graduate Scholarship to fund tuition at any accredited, in-state university. Two eligible applicants who are pursuing master’s degrees in school counseling are chosen each winter. Along with the online application, candidates must provide a resume, unofficial transcript, faculty letter of recommendation, goals statement, and one-page essay showing their promise as culturally competent, ethical counselors.

NBCC Minority Fellowship Program - Graduate scholarships for counseling abound in the National Board for Certified Counselors’ (NBCC) Foundation, such as the Minority Fellowship Program. This $5,000 award is granted to African American, Native American, Asian, and Hispanic students who are enrolled full-time in CACREP-accredited counseling programs to fulfill NCC certification requirements. Recipients must commit to providing mental health or addictions services to underserved minority populations for at least two years post-graduation.

Richard Louis Caplan Memorial Scholarship - The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health (NRCHMH) sponsors the Richard Louis Caplan Memorial Scholarship to support master’s or doctoral students earning degrees in mental health disciplines, including counseling and therapy. Eligible applicants must be Maryland residents, have U.S. citizenship or legal residency, maintain a cumulative GPA above 3.0, earn adjusted gross income under $91,000, and be dedicated to clinical practice with patients suffering from personality disorders.

The Melanie Foundation Scholarship - Presented for $2,500 annually, The Melanie Foundation Scholarship has honored the life of Melanie Merola O’Donnell since 2006. Qualified candidates must be pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in the mental health field, such as counseling or psychology, from a United States college with specialized accreditation. Selection is based on students’ extra-curricular involvement, research, academic merit, letters of recommendation, and dedication to relieving suffering from mental illness.

William L. White Scholarship Award - The National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) awards the William L. White Scholarship Award annually to provide $1,000 to undergraduates and $2,00 to graduate students who plan careers in addiction counseling. Successful applicants will attend NAADAC-approved college programs, have at least two semesters remaining, maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA, and have current student membership. The application process includes submitting an APA-style research paper on recovery-oriented care.