Submission Deadline

Jul 03, 2023

The Zappala Family Scholarship, established in 2013, supports students enrolled in the UCLA Extension Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate. When it comes to the cycle of addiction, skilled and well-trained substance use disorder counselors make all the difference in the lives of those who struggle with the disease. This scholarship was created to provide qualified individuals the opportunity to pursue professional careers as addiction counselors.

The Zappala family has been personally touched by the devastating effects of addiction and strongly believes in supporting the education of those seeking to help individuals and families overcome addiction, achieve recovery, and return to a healthy way of living. Thanks to the support of qualified and compassionate counselors, a member of the Zappala family successfully received treatment for addiction, rebuilt a sober life, and later pursued his own career in substance use disorder counseling after completing his certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling at UCLA Extension. In gratitude for that support, the Zappala family offers assistance to those pursuing careers in substance use disorder counseling to ensure that expert counselors are readily available for other families like theirs.

This scholarship provides 50 percent of course registration fees in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate. Fee reduction will apply to all courses in the certificate EXCEPT the Study Skills one-day course. The Study Skills one-day course is a prerequisite to the certificate program if the candidate has not attained a minimum of an Associate Degree (AA). If required, the Study Skills one-day course must be completed before the scholarship is awarded. Scholarships are nontransferable and will expire within three years of award date. Scholarships are not awarded based on financial need and applicants are not required to submit financial documentation. The scholarship supersedes any other discounts available. Students must be enrolled in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certificate and have paid the certificate candidacy fee to be awarded the scholarship.


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