The William White Scholarship was created to promote student addiction studies research and develop the importance of student research projects in NASAC accredited programs, NAADAC approved programs in higher education, or an accredited addiction studies higher education program acknowledged by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that provides research or education to the addiction profession.

It will be awarded annually to one graduate NAADAC student member and one undergraduate NAADAC student member with the best student addiction research paper on the assigned topic in that year and applied directly to the students' educational debt.

NAADAC would like to congratulate the Graduate and Undergraduate winners of the 2021 William White Scholarship, Cassandra Hartley and Stephanie Ayala.

Please contact Kristin Hamilton at [email protected] with any questions. 

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Scholarship Benefits

  • One undergraduate student will receive $1,000.
  • One graduate student will receive $2,000.
  • Scholarship monies will be submitted in the students’ names to their educational debtee(s).
  • Recipients will be recognized at the NAADAC 2021 Annual Conference and in an upcoming issue of Advances in Addiction & Recovery magazine.
  • Winning research papers will be shared online.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have at least one full year (fall and spring semester) of coursework remaining in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate degree in addiction studies or an addiction-related field with an emphasis on or concentration in addiction (minimum of 5 courses or 15 semester credits or 22 quarter credits in addiction education)
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of B (2.7-3.0) or higher
  • Current NAADAC Member

Application Requirements

The following information must be submitted for review by the NAADAC Student Committee:

  • Completed application form
  • Unofficial academic transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation: two letters from college/university faculty and one letter from an active NAADAC member
  • Original and individually created APA-formatted research paper on one of the following six themes:
    • Prevention of Substance Use Disorders in Rural or Urban Communities
    • Reducing Stigma and/or Discriminations*
    • Social Justice and Substance Use Disorders*
    • Current Trends of Psychotherapeutic Approaches with Addiction*
    • Trauma and Addiction
    • The Importance of Scopes of Practice for Addiction Professionals
    *Denotes perpetual topics
  • Graduate students must submit a 10-12 page (exclusive of title page, abstract, and references), double-spaced research paper in APA format
  • Undergraduate students must submit a 5-7 page (exclusive of title page, abstract, and references), double-spaced research paper in APA format

Faculty advisor review before submission of research paper strongly suggested.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit a paper that I wrote with someone else/co-authored?

No, only individually-written papers are eligible for the William White Scholarship. 

Can I submit a paper that I submitted in one of my courses?

No, the paper must be an original submission. 

2021 Award Recipients

Research Topic: "Reducing Stigma and Discrimination"

Graduate Winner: Cassandra Hartley (University of North Carolina at Pembroke) - Read Paper 

Research Topic: "Trauma and Addiction"

Undergraduate Winner: Stephanie Ayala (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) - Read Paper

Past Award Recipients

Research Topic: "Reducing Stigma and/or Discriminations"

Graduate Winner: Monika Sahleen (Colorado State University) - Read paper - Watch scholarship award acceptance video


Research Topic: "Social Justice and Substance Use Disorders"

Undergraduate Winner: Jason Scianno (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) - Read paper
Graduate Winner: Adelya Urmanche (Adelphi University) - Read paper


Research Topic: “Recovery Oriented Systems of Care: How Research is Changing the Addiction Profession”

Undergraduate Winner: Kelsey Hennig (University of South Dakota) - Read paper
Graduate Winner: Jacqlyn Stein (Grand Canyon University) - Read paper