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Danielle Roberts

Danielle S. Roberts, who is pursuing a master’s degree through Ohio University’s Counselor Education Program, has been awarded a $500 scholarship from RISE, OHIO’s official collegiate recovery community.

Photo courtesy of: Campus Involvement Center

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OHIO graduate student awarded collegiate recovery community’s first scholarship

RISE, the official collegiate recovery community of Ohio University, has awarded its first-ever scholarship to OHIO graduate student Danielle S. Roberts. The $500 scholarship was made possible through a grant from Transforming Youth in Recovery and will be awarded annually through spring semester 2017.

Roberts was selected to receive the scholarship for spring semester based on her GPA and her involvement with the recovery community on OHIO’s Athens Campus. In a personal statement submitted with her scholarship application, Roberts shared how she once used drugs and alcohol to “solve” her problems. In 2013, after a second DUI, Roberts joined a recovery support group and has been clean and sober for 14 months. When she started classes fall semester, Roberts joined RISE, part of OHIO’s Campus Involvement Center, for additional support.

“Danielle is dedicated to her recovery and was selected for this award because she exhibits a strong commitment to leadership, academics and the RISE community,” said Ann Addington, assistant director of Health Promotion for Tobacco, Other Drugs and Recovery.

Roberts, who works full-time and commutes to the Athens Campus from Parkersburg, is a first-year student pursuing a master’s degree through OHIO’s Counselor Education Program. Her goal is to become a licensed clinical mental health counselor and work in a substance abuse facility to help others overcome addictions.

The mission of RISE is to provide support for OHIO students in recovery from alcohol, drug and other addictions and to create an exciting sober environment for Ohio University students. RISE offers weekly support meetings during fall and spring semester, providing students an opportunity to share their struggles and successes and to participate in activities structured to supplement their recovery efforts.

For more information about RISE and OHIO’s collegiate recovery community, contact Addington at addingto@ohio.edu.

This article was provided by the Campus Involvement Center, part of Ohio University’s Division of Student Affairs.