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Addiction Counseling Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back periodically for updates or other opportunities.

Thanks to continued funding from the OHA, Oregon Health Authority grant we can increase our efforts in cultivating a more diverse, culturally proficient workforce in the addiction counseling field. This scholarship is focused on supporting underrepresented students to obtain their Addictions Counseling degree or certificate.

Overview
  • Covers program-related tuition and fees for students seeking the Addiction Studies Certificate or Addiction Counseling Associates Degree – please note, this scholarship can only be used for tuition and fees and unused funds cannot be refunded to students.
  • Provides a pathway and resources for CADC I certification.
  • Provides mentoring and student support services.
Eligibility requirements
  • Currently accepted in the Addiction Counseling program.
  • The scholarship prioritizes students who are African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American or Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander.
  • The scholarship is also available to other underrepresented populations, including LGBTQ and veterans.
  • Pursuing one of the following academic pathways:
    • Associate degree in Addiction Counseling
    • Addiction Studies certificate and an associate degree in another discipline
    • Addiction Studies certificate and has already completed an associate degree or higher
Scholarship recipient requirements
  • Ability to complete their academic pathway by Spring 2021.
  • Maintain good academic progress with an overall GPA of 2.5 & pass all Addiction Counseling Classes with C or better.
  • Meet with the program’s Academic Advisor to develop an academic plan & check-in at least once per month.
  • Participate in program events/activities set-up by the Grant Coordinator.
  • Be continuously enrolled in the Addictions Counseling Program (Fall, Winter, and Spring).

Addiction Counseling Workforce Diversity Grant

Applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back periodically for updates or other opportunities.

The program is generously supported by a grant from the Health Share of Oregon that is intended to increase diversity in the Addiction Counseling workforce. The program is focused on supporting underrepresented populations who are currently employed in an addiction services provider or a mental health provider that offers addiction recovery services.

Eligibility
  • Must be currently employed at an addiction services provider or a mental health provider offering addiction recovery services.
  • The scholarship prioritizes students who are African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American or Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander.
  • The scholarship is also available to other underrepresented populations, including LGBTQ and veterans.
  • This is a cohort-based program that requires all students to attend the sequence of classes listed in the Cohort Schedule below (exceptions available for students who have already met the math and writing requirements).
Overview
  • Prepares participants for CADC I certification
  • Students earn an Addiction Studies Certificate
  • Attend classes one Friday per week, approximately 8am-5pm
  • Scholarship staff partner with employers and participants to adjust work schedules to accommodate the class attendance
  • All tuition, fees, and books are covered for participants!
  • A dedicated cohort for program students
  • Mentoring and student support services provided to all participants
Cohort schedule

The program is designed to allow participants to earn the Addiction Studies Certificate by attending classes on Fridays between 8am-5pm. The last term of the program includes a practicum experience that counts toward CADC I certification. Course schedule for the cohort beginning Fall 2020:

Fall 2020
  • CAS 100
  • CG 101
  • AD 101
Winter 2021
  • WR 115, WR 121, or Math 20 (exceptions available for students who have already met these course requirements)
  • AD 102
  • LIB 101
Spring 2021
  • WR 115, WR 121, or Math 20 (exceptions available for students who have already met these course requirements)
  • AD 160
  • AD 106
Summer 2021
  • WR 115, WR 121, or Math 20 (exceptions available for students who have already met these course requirements)
Fall 2021
  • PSY 239
  • AD 153
Winter 2022
  • AD 161
  • AD 152
  • AD 278
Spring 2022
  • AD 154
  • AD 156
Summer 2022
  • AD 255
  • AD 270A
  • AD 270B
How to apply

Before applying for the Addiction Counseling Workforce Diversity Grant, you will need to:

  1. Discuss the grant program with your employer. Support from your supervisor is required before applying. Supervisor contact info is a required part of the application.
  2. Review the Cohort Schedule above. The grant program is designed for participants to attend all courses as a cohort and in the sequence listed above.
  3. Prepare your responses to the below questions in advance: More applicants apply than there are spots available in the grant program. Responses to these questions are an important factor used by program staff in determining which applications are awarded entry into the grant program.
    1. Please identify two challenges (unrelated to COVID-19) you may encounter as you pursue your Addictions Counseling Certificate. Also, what two core strengths do you lean on to get you through challenging times and how might these strengths help you to be successful in this program? (250 words minimum, 400 words max)
      • Things to consider: Attending college classes, completing assignments, and managing multiple deadlines alongside work, life, and family commitments can be a challenge for anyone. Think ahead to the challenges or barriers that may arise during your 2 years in this program that could get in the way of your success.
    2. How has your diversity contributed positively to who you are today? And how do you see your diversity assisting you in serving others as an Addiction Counselor? (250 words min, 400 words max)
      • Things to consider: We encourage you to consider the full range of diversity including culture, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, disability, first-generation student, etc.