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Addiction Studies Student Earns National Fellowship

Rebecca Kirkland Rebecca Kirkland, a USD online addiction studies student who earned a minority fellowship from the Association for Addiction Professionals.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- For the second consecutive year, a student in the University of South Dakota’s online addiction studies program has earned a minority fellowship from the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).

The group named Rebecca Kirkland as a 2016 cohort fellow of the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC). Her selection from among many qualified applicants demonstrates her motivation, impressive qualifications, valued experience, future career goals and her hard work and service to underserved communities, the NAADAC said.

Kirkland is a graduate student from Kings Mountain, North Carolina, who is completing the final year of an accredited master’s program in addiction/substance abuse counseling online at USD. She is a certified substance abuse counselor currently working with the inmate population in her state.

As a NM-FP fellow, Kirkland will receive a tuition stipend of $17,500 for the 2016-2017 school year as well as NAADAC training, education and professional guidance. Upon graduation, Rebecca plans to become a licensed clinical addiction specialist and certified clinical supervisor, and continue working with the inmate population.

Kirkland thanked academic advisor Kathy Husby and instructor Mary Rogers, Ph.D., at USD and substance abuse counselor, intern Felicia Penn, CSAC-1, at Alternative Community Penalties Program Inc. for their letters of recommendation.

“I feel honored to have been chosen from such qualified applicants as well as thankful for the amazing support I have received,” Kirkland said. “None of this would be possible without the love and support from my loving family and most importantly, God, for his grace and favor in my life.”


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.


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
USD News