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The new Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program (OIFSP) degree track is designed to increase the number of family support paraprofessional trainees who target children, adolescents, and transitional age youth with parents who have been impacted by OUD or other SUDs, and their family members in guardianship roles.

This will increase the OUD/SUD behavioral healthcare capital for the eight-county northern Kentucky (NKY) region (comprising Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton Counties), a high need and medically underserved area. 

Opioid Impacted Family Support Program Scholarship Opportunity

Students majoring or minoring in a Human Services related program through Northern Kentucky University have an opportunity to apply for the Opioid Impacted Family Support Program (OIFSP) scholarship.

If selected for this scholarship, students will receive up to a $3,000 scholarship and up to $5,000 in stipends for field experience or internships.

  • This opportunity is for students interested in careers working with youth and families who are impacted by Opioid Use Disorder.
  • OIFSP students must be HSR majors or minors/areas of focus and be in good standing.
  • Paid apprenticeships are also available to students in their senior year or post graduation.
  • Participating students must have a field experience/internship component in their major and complete the required HSR courses OR their equivalents.

Students will receive on-site training at agencies which specify in working with youth, adolescents, and families impacted by SUD. Applications are accepted for admission during the Spring, Fall and Summer Semesters.

To be eligible, students must commit to working with youth or families impacted by substance use disorder for two years after graduation. Students may choose to attend graduate school upon graduation, which will fulfill the two-year work commitment. Students will be required to maintain employment within the Northern Kentucky region or within an underserved/rural area for two years.

Students may apply for the program once they have established a major within a program related to human services. A completed interview, background check, and resume are required for consideration of acceptance into the OIFSP Scholarship Program. Students should contact their advisor to be sure of required courses and academic trajectory.

There is an additional Level (Level II) to the OIFSP scholarship. At this level, students may complete an apprenticeship with a community partner for one year, working directly with individuals impacted by SUD. Students will receive full-time pay with partnering agencies and up to an additional $7,500 stipend while completing apprenticeship. Students will receive additional support through an Apprenticeship course, designed to provide mentorship to students.

Applications are due by October 31 and decisions will be made by December 1.