Application and Travel Information for NRIADA Scholarship Applicants & Recipients
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A Message from the NRADAN, Inc., Board of Directors >>

Rural Advocates and Friends:

As we find ourselves in uncertain times with differing mandates from Federal, state, and local governments, living in rural America is good training for our current situation of stocking up and staying home or safely serving our clients. We know how to do that! Think: blizzard in North Dakota or flooding in Iowa. Rural folks maintain, and thrive, and we get it done.

Some challenges cannot be overcome, however, and our annual conference is running into those issues. The University of Wisconsin-Stout is not holding summer in-person classes, some staff is sheltering and teleworking, and the State of Wisconsin is following mandates not to gather in groups over 10. The current timeline of the Governor’s mandate is indefinite, and until the end of the public-health crisis, we cannot be certain when that order will be lifted. Pandemics don’t conform to our lives, it appears.

Decisions about the Institute must be made earlier rather than later, due to many factors including already-incurred costs, speaker schedules, and an unknown immediate future, and our Planning and Executive Committees this week made the tough, heartbreaking decision to cancel the 2020 National Rural Institute. We will provide future guidance on scholarships, awards, and the 2021 Institute, but we wanted you to know as soon as possible so you can update your budgets and your work schedules. We are saddened, as “the Rural” is such a large part of our lives – and yours. Caring for our communities and ourselves is paramount right now.

Some good news: The NRADAN Board decided at its retreat in August to rebrand the Institute; it will now be called the “National Rural Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addictions” to honor all those we serve. Look for more information soon!

As with all things, we will survive this, and we will be stronger for it. Our rural innovative ideas and work ethic can be used in this time of national crisis, and our “Rural Institute Spirit” can help our families and local communities get through the uncertainty and tragedy of this pandemic. We are all working to help our neighbors – by staying home! – and by donating, by serving our clients, and by inventing new ways to congregate. In the end, we will be there, having made our nation stronger through our grit and wisdom. We believe this!

We will see you June 20-24, 2021 – stay strong, and please let us know if we can do anything to help. The NRADAN Board will continue to meet and to plan for our future. Ideas are always welcome! Thank you for ALL you do. 

With every good wish,

NRADAN, Inc. Board of Directors,

Mike Early                                   Joe Amico
Christy Alten-Osmera                 Bill Beaton
Paul Mladnick                             James Swarthout
Dee Owens                                 Dianne Sullivan

Event Status update: 3.23.20: Canceled.

Save the Date for next year - June 20-24, 2021

Note: At this time FoxWorld Travel has been advised to discourage future travel bookings. If your scholarship award includes a travel reimbursement, we highly recommend that you wait to finalize any travel arrangements. Also note that travel insurance, per UW-System Travel Guidelines, is not a reimbursable expense.


Apply for a Scholarship

Request funding to attend the Institute
Scholarship Form


Applications Due:

  • Primary Priority: February 15
  • Secondary Priority March 15

The 2020 scholarship application Will open January 2020. After the deadline applications will be received and approved on a case by case basis.

Post Event Travel Reimbursement Documents due: June 30


2020 Scholarship Travel Reservations information

Travel award reimbursement must follow UW System and university established policy and procedure. All airfare, car rental, and hotel must be booked through FoxWorld Travel using a specific booking code. If not booked through this system, these charges will not be eligible for reimbursement. The actual reimbursement paperwork/processing will still be handled by the UW-Stout event staff. FoxWorld is only the required travel agency:

Use FoxWorld to book airfare, car rental and hotel. Reference GROUP CODE 09UW3241 Attendees can contact the group air agents via the following options: 

  • UW designated group call line:  866/230-8787 (select option 4) - reference Group Code  09UW3241.  
  • For international travelers:  920/230-6467 (select option 4) - reference Group Code 09UW3241.  
  • Email: - reference Group Code  09UW3241 in the subject line of the email.   

* Fox World Travel agent hours of operation during the booking period are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CST. 

* Attendees will need to provide the air agent with their full legal name as it appears on their government-issued ID (or passport if traveling internationally), and date of birth in order for a ticket to be issued.
*No reimbursement will occur prior to the event.
*If a registrant does not attend the conference for any reason, any travel costs will NOT be reimbursed.

Scholarship Source Information

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. Two scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship covers conference registration only.

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.

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.

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, (which includes residence hall double room and on-campus meals). A travel stipend may also be awarded for travel expenses (as funds are available). 

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 includes full or partial conference registration, (which includes residence hall double room and on-campus meals). A stipend may also be awarded to scholarship recipients for travel expenses (on selected tracks only as there are funds available). Registration (Full and Partial) and travel are available for selected tracks only as determined annually. Other tracks may be selected but are not eligible for travel reimbursement.

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