Conference Scholarships

Update: 4.19.16 Applications received by the secondary deadline will be notified of award status the week of April 25th. We appreciate your patience while we finalize some additional funding opportunities.

4.4.16: Scholarships award processing and notification will occur during the week of April 4-8, 2016. If by Monday, April 11, you have not received your award notification (via email) please let us know at


The priority deadline for the 2016 National Rural Institute is March 31, 2016.
After this date, the scholarship application will still be open. However, all applications will be wait listed and will be awarded on a case by case basis as funds permit based on the order of submission.

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for questions regarding scholarships.
Applications are for all scholarship opportunities and applicants do not need to submit more than one application.

Scaife Family Foundation Medical Scholar/Allied Health Professionals Scholarship and Travel Stipend

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 will also be awarded to each scholarship recipient 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.

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.

Michael E. Campbell Memorial Scholarship

The Michael E. Campbell 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 scholarship will be awarded. Scholarship covers conference registration only.

Larry W. Monson Scholarship

This perpetual scholarship fund was established in memory of Larry Monson. 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.

Char Lusher Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by Char Lusher to help an individual with financial need to attend the institute. One scholarship will be awarded. Scholarship covers conference registration only. (Occasionally two partial scholarships will be awarded.)

National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network Scholarship (NRADAN)

These scholarships are provided by the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network. NRADAN will provide a limited number of scholarships which can be utilized toward registration costs only. These scholarships may range from $100-$545. 

Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling: RIchard Stanchfield Memorial Scholarship

The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling will provide a scholarship in memory of Richard Stanchfield. One scholarship will be awarded. Scholarship covers conference registration only for a gambling related Track.

Note: 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.