The Bettie Dibrell Memorial Scholarship

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Bettie Dibrell was a long-time instructor and program chair for the CPCC substance Abuse Program.  She taught at CPCC from 1975-1979 and returned in 1994 as the program's chair, a position she held until she died unexpectedly in 2008.  Bettie trained countless substance abuse counselors currently practicing in the area and she left an indelible mark on all whom she touched.

Purpose of the Scholarship: To assist adult students in the field of substance abuse to achieve their educational goals thereby contributing to the education and support of others in this field in the passionate spirit of educator Bettie Dibrell.

Allowable Fields of Study: An Associate Degree or Certificate Program in Human Services, with a Concentration in Substance Abuse.

Eligibility Criteria: Student applicants must:

  • Obtain a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Be enrolled in the CPCC Associate Degree Program or a Certificate Program in Substance Abuse
  • Have completed six hours of coursework in the Substance Abuse Certificate or nine hours of coursework in the Associate Degree Programs in Substance Abuse
  • Complete a 500 word typed essay detailing the applicant’s personal aspirations and educational goals
  • Enroll for a minimum of six credit hours per semester in the program
  • Preference is given to low or middle income students or other students whose needs are not recognized in scholarship or grant programs for indigent students.


  • The scholarship is non-renewable. Students should apply for this scholarship each year.
  • All applicants meeting the eligibility requirements of the scholarship will be considered.


  • The scholarship will include payment for tuition and required textbooks up to the total amount of funds available.
  • One-half of the scholarship funding will be awarded in the fall semester and one-half of the scholarship funding will be awarded in the spring semester.
  • Click here to submit a scholarship application, FASFA information, and essay to Financial Aid. Applications must be submitted by March 15.
  • The Bettie Dibrell Memorial Scholarship committee chair will request a list of eligible students and their essays each year from Financial Aid and the committee will pick recipient and notify Financial Aid of the decision.


Ready to apply? Click here to start the application process!