Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies announces scholarship for BIPOC applicants

DOWNTOWN, Minn .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies has launched a new Hope scholarship for 2021, for Black, Indigenous and Colored (BIPOC) students pursuing a Masters in Substance Use Disorders and School Mental Health Counseling.

The Hope Scholarship is available for the fall semester 2021 to BIPOC students seeking a degree. the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School will award $ 16,000 to five recipients.

The United States is in the midst of the most difficult drug and mental health crisis in generations – greatly exacerbated by COVID-19 and related economic hardships. As more Americans struggle with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, grief, and adjustment in general, the need for safe and quality behavioral health care and supportive resources is growing. bigger than ever and keeps growing.

At the same time, there are gaping racial disparities in access to the addiction care community which itself suffers from a lack of diversity nationwide.

“Substance use and concurrent mental health disorders do not distinguish between race, age, creed, gender or nationality, and it is essential to provide care that represents and reflects all those who are need help and can ask for help, ”said Ahmed Eid. , director of Hazelden Betty Ford’s processing center in Naples, Florida; co-chair of its national committee on diversity, equity and inclusion; and alumnus of Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School. “Preparing more students of color to become counselors will help treatment providers provide more culturally appropriate care to more people and allow more patients to receive treatment and care from counselors who are look alike, a factor that influences the results. ”

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Trustee Bill Parker and his wife Anne established the Hope Scholarship Fund and invite others to help create and grow the fund.

“We are deeply grateful to Parkers for creating the Hope Scholarship which will encourage more people to consider the field of addiction counseling,” said Valerie Slaymaker, PhD, Director of Studies and Rector of the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. “It takes a special person to answer a lawyer’s call, and it’s a big commitment to enroll in a graduate program. This scholarship removes some of the financial barriers so these future addiction and mental health counselors can focus on their education and goals.

To apply for the Hope Scholarship, prospective students must fill out a request; provide a curriculum vitae; and submit an essay that explains why they are applying, their commitment and experience in addiction counseling, and why they deserve the Hope Fellowship. All components should be emailed as a single PDF file to [email protected]

If you have any questions, please contact Student Services at [email protected] or 651-213-4175. Nominations must be submitted on August 1, 2021. Selected recipients will be announced on August 20, 2021.

Accredited by the Higher Education Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the US Department of Education, as well as the National Commission on Accreditation of Substance Abuse Studies (NASAC), the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies upholds the highest standards academic excellence and professional competence. Offering both on-campus and online program options, it is part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s largest non-profit addiction treatment, mental health care, resource recovery and related prevention and education services.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the leading national non-profit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has nationwide telehealth treatment and service centers as well as ” a network of collaborators in all healthcare. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the founding in 1982 of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today also includes a Graduate School of Addiction Studies, a Publishing Division, a Center for Addiction Research, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical training programs. , school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children growing up in families with addiction. Learn more about www.HazeldenBettyFord.org and on Twitter.

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