Institute Scholarships


2022 Application is Open!

Scholarships are intended for participants facing personal financial hardship and/or those whose employers are unable to cover expenses related to participation in the Institute. Scholarships also support students in the field of AODA, including medical, nursing, and allied health practitioners.

2022 Scholarship application is now closed

Scholarship Secondary Deadline: May 1, 2022

Applications received after this date will be awarded as remaining funding allows.

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Thank you for your support!

Many individuals and organizations support the Institute by providing funding that can be used to support scholarships. Below are the current supporters of scholarship funding.

Note: Annual availability of each scholarship may vary and other scholarship options may become available in addition to those listed. The website will be updated as funding sources are made available and confirmed.

Scaife Family Foundation Medical Scholar/Allied Health Professionals Scholarship

The Scaife Family Foundation of West Palm Beach, Florida, funds scholarships for medical students or Allied Health professionals interested in practicing in rural America and other addiction specific topics. Assistance may include full or partial conference registration and On-Campus residence hall lodging. Travel assistance via reimbursement up to $500 may also be awarded to Medical and Nursing Students, Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurses. As funding allows, others may also become eligible for travel reimbursement.

Green Bay Packers Scholarship

These scholarships are provided by the Green Bay Packers Foundation and will provide a limited number of scholarships annually. Assistance may include full or partial conference registration and  On-Campus residence hall lodging.

Harold E. Hughes Scholarship Fund

This perpetual scholarship fund has been established to provide ongoing recognition and honor of the contributions made to the alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment field in the United States by Harold E. Hughes. Two scholarships are awarded at the end of the conference for the following year. Scholarship covers conference registration only.

National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network Scholarship (NRADAN)

These scholarships are provided by the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network. NRADAN, Inc. will provide a limited number of scholarships annually. Assistance may include full or partial conference registration and On-Campus residence hall lodging.

Larry W. & Louise Monson Memorial Scholarship

This perpetual scholarship fund was established in memory of Larry Monson, co-founder of the National Rural Institute, and his wife Louise, a long time supporter and contributor to the event. It is awarded annually to a rural professional in the alcohol and drug abuse field who has made strong contributions to the institute. One scholarship will be awarded. Scholarship covers conference registration only.

Michael E.E. Campbell Memorial Scholarship

The Michael E.E. Campbell Memorial Scholarship was established in March 2003, to honor Michael's personal and professional contributions to the alcohol and other drug abuse and mental health field. One or two scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship covers conference registration only.

Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone apply for a scholarship?

Yes, anyone can apply for a scholarship. However, scholarships are intended for those potential registrants who would not be able to participate without financial assistance. If your employer offers financial support for training and professional development expenses, we ask that you explore those options before applying for a scholarship. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Are there going to be an travel reimbursement awards for 2022?

UPDATE 4.8.21: Yes. Travel assistance via reimbursement will be available. Awards will range in value based upon the need indicated during the application process. The maximum travel award is $500. Reimbursement eligible items will include:
• Airfare
• Airport shuttle and/or transportation to/from airport
• Car Rental
• Commuter Personal Car mileage: One round trip of mileage up to 75 miles each way will be covered. Daily roundtrip mileage is not reimbursement eligible. (Using federal rate as of June 26, 2022)
• Non-commuter Personal Car mileage (Using federal rate as of June 26, 2022)
• Hotel stay, if needed, while traveling to/from Menomonie ONLY. Note: During the Institute, off campus lodging choices are not reimbursement eligible.

I'm not available for the live, in-person event, can I still apply?

Yes! Those who can only participate virtually/remotely are still eligible for scholarships.

What is this letter from my employer supposed to include?

The employer support letter should state their support of your attending/participating. It should include your name and their name. If a supervisor has multiple employees submitting an application, and single letter is acceptable so long as all employee names are included. The support document should also include in what ways they intend to provide financial support, or not, for your attendance. If you are unemployed or self-employed, a letter is still required, but from yourself on your behalf.