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Introducing the Annual Alton Smith Future Clinician Scholarship

A scholarship for the advancement of young people dedicated to improving access to care and increasing quality of treatment for those suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.

The Academy for Addiction Professionals is proud to honor one of the driving forces in the growth and success of our educational program by offering (1) eligible student the opportunity to attend our in-person Certified Addiction Professional / Counselor (CAP/CAC) Course at no cost. Another (1) eligible student will be chosen to attend our Certified Behavioral Health Technician course at no cost.*

Alton Smith was the vice president of The Academy for Addiction Professionals and oversaw its rapid growth for many years until his passing in 2016. Beyond his exceptional resume and business acumen, he was widely considered a mentor buy most of those who knew him and worked with him.

While the scourge of substance abuse and mental health issues has risen to epidemic proportions, the percentage of qualifying people receiving appropriate care remains stubbornly low. Further, the number of patients needing comprehensive substance abuse and mental health care far exceeds the number of counselors and clinicians able to help them.

With this scholarship program, we look forward to training a dedicated young person who, over their career, may be able to reach and help countless individuals in need.

Eligibility & Qualification Criteria

  • Candidate must express interest in furthering the addiction treatment industry through traditional and novel approaches to substance abuse therapy
  • Must be a high school graduate or college enrollee under the age of 25 on the date of┬áSelection of Scholarship Recipient: February 28, 2019. Proof of high school graduation or current college enrollment may be requested
  • Student must meet Florida Certification Board requirements for the certification for which they are applying (CAP/CAC/CBHT) by the time they finish the course.
  • Student must be able to attend in person classes at our Fort Lauderdale, FL classroom

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(Deadline for Submission February 28, 2019)

Please fill out the form below and supply at least 1,000 words on why you would like to become a counselor or behavioral health technician. Your own experiences and those of family, friends and acquaintances around you that inspire or motivate you may be used but please do not divulge buy names, personal information or private health information.

Selection of Scholarship Recipient: March 31, 2019

*One student will be chosen each calendar year. Subject to change without notice.