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.”

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