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Addiction Counseling Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Thanks to continued funding from the OHA, Oregon Health Authority, Portland Community College will increase our efforts to cultivate a more diverse, culturally proficient workforce in the addiction counseling field. This scholarship is focused on supporting students of Color to obtain their Addiction Counseling degree.

Applications are currently being accepted within the program for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer 2022- 2023. Please contact the grant coordinator Shawn Forde or your Portland Community College academic advisor for more information.

  • Covers program-related tuition and fees for students seeking the Addiction Counseling Associates Degree – please note, this scholarship can only be used for tuition and fees of Addiction Counseling courses and does not cover general education or other prerequisites. Unused funds cannot be refunded to students.
  • Provides a pathway and resources for level 1 Alcohol and Drug Counseling registration (CADC-R).
  • Provides mentoring and student support services.
Eligibility requirements

Students need to meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for the scholarship.

Students must:

  • Be currently accepted in the Addiction Counseling program, and
  • Identify as a person of Color, and
    • The scholarship prioritizes students who identify as African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American or Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Middle Eastern.
  • Be pursuing one of the following:
    • Associate degree in Addiction Counseling.
    • Certificate in Addiction Counseling with an Associate’s Degree in another subject.
Scholarship recipient requirements

Recipients of the scholarship are required to adhere to the below requirements in order to maintain scholarship eligibility:

  • Maintain good academic progress with an overall GPA of 2.5 & complete all Addiction Counseling Classes with C or better.
  • Meet with the program’s Academic Advisor to develop an academic plan
  • Check-in and follow up with the academic advisor at least once per term
  • Meet with the program coordinator/resource specialist at least once per term.
  • Participate in all program events/activities as agreed upon with the Grant Program Coordinator.
  • Be continuously enrolled in the Addictions Counseling Program (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer) until completion.
How to apply

Complete the online application.

Addiction Counseling Workforce Diversity Grant (Friday Cohort)

The program is generously supported by a grant from the Health Share of Oregon that is intended to increase diversity in Addiction Counseling services throughout the Portland Tri-Counties. The program is focused on providing the educational foundations for Students of Color who are wanting to pursue their certification in addiction counseling.


Students Must:

  • Commit to earning their certification in Addiction Counseling
  • Identify as a person of Color, and
    • The scholarship prioritizes students who identify as African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American or Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and/or Middle Eastern.
  • This is a cohort-based program that requires all students to attend the sequence of classes listed in the Cohort Schedule below.
  • Prepares participants to qualify as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor registrant (CADC-R) through the Mental Health and Addiction Board of Oregon (MHACBO).
  • Offers the option for students to continue their education and complete the Addiction Studies Certificate from PCC
  • Intentionally designed cohort model with classes meeting one Friday per week from approximately 8am-6pm
  • Program scholarship will support tuition for program courses, the cost of textbooks, and college fees
  • Program scholarship may financially support non-tuition needs that arise
  • A dedicated cohort for program students for 5 terms, followed by an individualized educational plan based on student needs
  • Mentoring and student support services provided to all participants
  • This is an in-person program offered on Cascade Campus (705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217)
Cohort schedule

The program is designed to allow participants to earn the Addiction Studies Certificate by attending classes on Fridays between 8am-6pm. Course schedule for the cohort beginning Winter 2022 is as follows:

Winter 2023 (January 9th to March 26th):
  • AD101 (3 credit)
  • AD102 (3 credit)
  • LIB101 (1 credit)
Spring 2023 (April 3rd to June 18th):
  • AD153 (3 credit)
  • AD160 (4 credit)
  • AD106 (1 credit)
Summer 2023:
  • AD156
  • AD154 (3 credit)
Fall 2023:
  • AD152 (3 credit)
  • AD255
Winter 2024:
  • AD161
  • AD104
Scholarship recipients will need to
  • Meet with their Academic Advisor to develop and review their academic plan
  • Check in at least once per term with their Academic Advisor
  • Meet with the program coordinator at least once per term
  • Participate in program activities as agreed upon with the Program Coordinator
  • Meet with Career Specialist during the last 2 terms for resume development and interview preparation
  • Meet with college scholarship support team once admitted
  • Meeting with the scholarship support team will allow for this grant to serve more people entering the addiction counseling workforce
  • Maintain good academic progress (maintain overall GPA of 2.5 and pass all Addiction Counseling Classes with a C or better)
  • Be continuously enrolled in the program (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer)
How to apply

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

  1. 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 without exception.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete the application
    This application period has a deadline of November 4, 2022