Kennesaw State’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery hosts 11 scholarship winners

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“Celebration of Recovery” breakfast set for Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Villa Christina at Perimeter Summit 

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 13, 2013) Eleven Kennesaw State University scholars will be recognized during a “Celebration of Recovery” breakfast on Sept. 24 at Atlanta’s Villa Christina restaurant at Perimeter Summit. The scholarship recipients are among 55 students currently participating in KSU’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR), which provides a supportive peer community within the campus culture that reinforces a student’s commitment to recovery.

Among the scholarship winners are a restaurant manager, an Army veteran, a counselor and an entrepreneur. Others include an aspiring accountant, art gallery owner, veterinarian, physical therapist and addiction counselor. All are from the metro Atlanta area, but each has a different story to tell.

Winners of the William and Betsy Duffey Scholarship

BS, Communication: “I’m a full-time entrepreneur pursuing two degrees, and a grateful recovering addict with 15 years in sobriety. The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) and introspection through the 12-steps and the fellowship have changed my life in amazing ways. My recovery network is a big help.”

BFA: “I am studying art history. I have been a member of the CRC for more than three years. I run a restaurant full time and plan to open my own art gallery soon. I am very grateful for all the opportunities the CRC has given me. I would not be where I am without the gift of recovery.”

BS, Biology: “I got sober from heroin in July of 2010. I now have a 3.45 GPA as a biology major at Kennesaw State University. I aspire to become a doctor of veterinary medicine while still maintaining my sobriety and working with others. I am grateful to be a part of the CRC.”

BBA, Accounting: “I have been a part of the CRC for two years and a new organization, Kennesaw Students About Service. I enjoy traveling the world and learning about other cultures. I plan to study for my MBA at KSU. Thank you for your contributions to our community. We are all extremely grateful.”

MSW, Substance Abuse: “I graduated from Kennesaw State summa cum laude in 2012 with a bachelor’s in psychology. I am working on my master’s in social work at KSU and interning at Talbot Recovery Campus. I plan to give back by working in the field of addiction professionally.”

BS, Exercise and Health Science: “I am 29-year-old undergraduate student and moved to the Atlanta area seven years ago to pursue dance. Recovery from an eating disorder has given me my life back. I plan on going to graduate school in physical therapy.”

Winners of the Scott Edward Duffey Scholarship

BFA: “I am pursing a dual Bachelor of Fine Arts and art history degree while working full-time in the recovery field. This scholarship will help me buy art supplies to complete my degrees. I am incredibly grateful for my recovery and the safe haven I have found in the Collegiate Recovery Community.”

BS, Human Services: “I came to KSU as a non-traditional student in recovery from an eating disorder. I am majoring in human services and plan to get my master’s in social work at KSU. I work full time as a community support individual for an agency that services Medicaid families with mental health needs.”

BS, Integrative Studies: “I served in the Army on active duty with a deployment to Iraq. I joined the CRC when I entered KSU in the summer of 2012. I have been accepted and plan to attend St. James School of Medicine in Bonaire in January 2014. I want to become an ER physician.”

Winners of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery Board Scholarship

BS, Psychology: “I am studying psychology and minoring in applied statistics. I am truly grateful for the CYAAR scholarship, which will allow me to quit my full-time job to devote all my attention to my studies. My goal is to achieve true individuality, express myself in my truest form and help others.”

BS, Psychology: “I am an adult learner majoring in psychology. I have been in recovery for four years and grateful for the opportunity to be in college and receiving this wonderful scholarship. I plan to earn a Ph.D. and continue bereavement counseling and supporting widows, widowers and their families.”

Teresa Wren Johnston, the Center’s founding director, said she is proud of the accomplishments of all 55 CYAAR students.

“In the final analysis, they are all winners because they are pursuing their dream of earning a college education,” Johnston said. “By providing social and academic support, students in CYAAR can be part of the mainstream college experience while putting their recovery and commitment to service first.”

Run for Recovery, Sept. 21, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

Each year hundreds of runners from all over participate in this run/walk around the Kennesaw State campus. The Run for Recovery 5k is a benefit run or walk to heighten community awareness about those recovering from an addiction and to raise funds to support the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR). The Run takes place every year in September, during National Recovery Month.

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,600 from 130 countries.

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-- Robert S. Godlewski