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.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

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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 2023 Annual Conference.
  • Winning research papers will be shared online.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have at least one full academic year 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
  • Two letters of recommendation from members of the academic/research/clinical community
  • Original and individually created APA-formatted research paper on one of the following six themes:
    • Reducing Stigma and/or Discriminations*;
    • Social Justice and Substance Use Disorders*;
    • Current Trends of Psychotherapeutic Approaches with Addiction*;
    • Common ethical considerations for addiction professionals; how to resolve them and how to prevent them;
    • Innovative and progressive treatment approaches (i.e., telehealth, use of psychedelics/hallucinogens, medications, treatment modalities etc.);
    • How to provide effective addiction treatment, while using best practices, within diverse populations (include diverse treatment teams and clientele).

*Denotes perpetual topics

  • Graduate students must submit a 10-12 page (exclusive of title page, abstract, references, and definitions), double-spaced research paper in current APA format
  • Undergraduate students must submit a 5-7 page (exclusive of title page, abstract, references, and definitions), double-spaced research paper in current APA format

Faculty advisor review before submission of research paper strongly suggested.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my paper be scored?

All papers will be scored using the NAADAC William L. White Scholarship Decision Making Rubric.

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?

Yes, you can submit a paper that you submitted (or plan to submit) in one of your courses, but not a paper that has been previously published.  

Will I receive feedback or edits to my paper?

No, we are not able to provide feedback or edits to individual papers.

Am I required to submit a "Definitions" section within my paper? 

While you are not required to include the section, you will lose scoring points if the section is not included.  

Application Submission & Timeline for 2023

The completed application form, academic transcript, letters of reference, and the research paper must be submitted together electronically to NAADAC's Student Committee at [email protected], Attention: William L. White Student Scholarship.    

Application open for submission March 1, 2023
Final deadline for turning in applications May 31, 2023
Recipients will be notified about their scholarship June 30, 2023
Acknowledgment of Scholarship at the NAADAC 2023 Annual Conference     October 6-11, 2023

Please note NAADAC does not pay for travel to the NAADAC Annual Conference venue and conference attendence is not required to receive the scholarship.

Past Award Recipients

Research Topic: "Current Trends of Psychotherapeutic Approaches with Addiction"
Graduate Winner:
Brittany H. Lazur, MPH (Oregon Health & Science University – Portland State University School of Public Health) - Read Paper - Watch scholarship award acceptance video


Research Topic: "Reducing Stigma and Discrimination"
Graduate Winner:
Cassandra Hartley (University of North Carolina at Pembroke) - Read Paper - Watch scholarship award acceptance video

Research Topic: "Trauma and Addiction"
Undergraduate Winner:
Stephanie Ayala (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) - Read Paper - Watch scholarship award acceptance video


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