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Addiction Studies and Psychology Student Receives National Scholarship

Kelsey Hennig Kelsey Hennig, who's pursuing a double major in addiction studies and psychology at USD, received a scholarship from the NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A University of South Dakota senior received the only undergraduate scholarship from a national organization for a research paper she wrote about addiction.

Kelsey Hennig, a double major in addiction studies and psychology, will receive the William L. White Scholarship Award in October at the national conference of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals. The group represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the U.S., Canada and abroad.

Hennig will use the $1,000 scholarship toward her education. The assigned theme for this year’s research paper was “Recovery Oriented Systems of Care: How Research is Changing the Addiction Profession.”

“Addiction is often a taboo topic, which is why I feel many addicts fail to receive the treatment they need,” Hennig said. “I want to be in this profession to help educate and strengthen those who have reached out for help and are willing to make a change. I feel as though this profession provides me with an excellent opportunity to positively impact the lives of others.”

Hennig, a native of Fort Collins, Colorado, graduates next summer and plans to return to her home state and pursue a master’s degree in mental health counseling and become a licensed addiction counselor.

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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.


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