Sandia Casino Responsible Gaming Scholarships

Graduate Award

Amount: $2,500

Aims and Founders

The aim of this scholarship is to increase awareness of and treatment for problem gaming by supporting a psychology graduate student who works in the area of addictions. Though the scholarship is available for and applicable to ALL addictions work, preference will be given to students working in the area of gambling addiction (either research or clinical work).  A total of 5 scholarships, each worth $5,000, were awarded this year.

This fund has been established by Sandia Resort and Casino. Sandia Resort and Casino is committed to being a leader in providing compulsive gambling services in New Mexico. One of their goals is to provide students, who at any point in their respective careers may come in contact with someone who is suffering from gambling addiction, the ability to have access to available resources. Sandia Resort and Casino would like to help build for the future by having students become familiar with compulsive gambling and the training and certification opportunities available to them.


This award is open to any graduate student who works in the area of addictions

Applying for the Awards

Students should submit the following:

  1. A CV.
  2. A transcript (unofficial--to be eligible for the award, you should preferably have a GPA of 3.0 or higher).
  3. A letter of intent describing 1) how you would use the money to support your work in the addictions area, and 2) any interest you have in obtaining national certification as a problem gaming counselor or in specifically doing research in the problem gaming area.  For past recipients of the scholarship who are applying this year, please note that Sandia wants to know HOW your previous award helped to advance your work.  Make sure also to mention in your letter attending the Sandia Responsible Gaming conference (if you attended) and if you have plans to attend the conference again this year.
  4. A brief statement indicating what type of funding and how much funding you currently have available for the upcoming academic year.  Be sure to include mention of recent summer funding as well as anticipated summer funding for this upcoming summer.


Garima Singh
Ikela Moniz-Lewis
Jalene Herron
Monica Goncalves-Garcia
Violette Cloud

Elena Stein
Victoria Votaw
Benjamin Gibson
Jamie Smith
Kathryn Fokas

A.J. O'Sickey
Adam Wilson
Benjamin Gibson
Bradley Robert
Carlos Olguin
Karly Edwards
Kathryn Fokas