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USD Addiction Studies Graduate Student Earns $20,000 Minority Fellowship

Jamie Anderson Jaime Anderson

VERMILLION, S.D. — University of South Dakota graduate student Jaime Anderson, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has been named one of 13 fellows of the Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors in the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).

Anderson, from Chamberlain, South Dakota, has been working as a substance abuse counselor with Native Americans for seven years. She graduated from USD in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in behavioral science and is finishing a master’s degree in addiction studies. She works for Indian Health Service on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

As a NMFP-AC  fellow, Anderson will receive NAADAC training, education, professional guidance and a tuition stipend of up to $20,000 for the current school year. After graduation she hopes to become a licensed addiction professional with IHS on the Crow Creek reservation.

NAADAC said this inaugural program is in response to President Barack Obama’s 2013 plan to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care for racially and diverse people in the U.S.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


USD is the largest provider of graduate education in the state of South Dakota, with 78 graduate and professional programs. The mission of the Graduate School is to provide high-quality graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, fine arts, law and medicine; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; and to support research and creative scholarship. In partnership with individual degree programs, we accomplish this mission by providing students with excellent academic preparation and extraordinary opportunities for research, creative scholarship, clinical experiences and internships.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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