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Did you know that about 1 out of every 25 students have sought treatment in a mental health facility for substance abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts/attempts, or another behavioral health disorder? Think about that statistic, that is about 1 student out of every classroom in every school in the United States. The numbers are staggering, but they are also encouraging. That means kids are getting the help that they need. Treatment is saving lives. Stigmas are being destroyed and what was once a dark family secret is now something many of us have in common. Families and lives are slowly but surely being put back together.

But then what?  Life doesn’t end when treatment is complete, life is just beginning! If you’re one of the many students who has, in Chris Henderson‘s words, “White knuckled it through recovery,” you have something to celebrate for sure. You are stronger than many of the students who seemingly sailed through life and enter college with barely a glance backward. The trouble is that treatment costs are very expensive and insurance doesn’t cover a whole lot right now. So, even though you’ve been accepted to a college/university, you don’t have the money to pay for the rising tuition costs. Traditional scholarship programs won’t even consider you based on the lack of consistency in your grades. So how can you Move Forward?

After researching scholarship programs, I learned that if you’ve recovered from cancer, HIV or Sickle Cell there is money available, lots of it. If you’re African-American, Lebanese, or Latino, there’s money available. But there was nothing available for a student like you who’s recovered from substance abuse or a psychiatric disorder, until now! The JC Runyon Foundation has awarded scholarships for three years in the Memphis area for students who are living with addiction, depression, and bipolar disorder. Our students have been able to Move Forward and use their stories to help others. We couldn’t be more proud.

Thanks to the resounding success of our very first Gala, we are now able to offer scholarship funding to students across the nation! Applications can be downloaded here.  They are due May 1st, but if you need more time, email at nshaheen@jcrunyonfoundation.org me ASAP so I can flag your file. Wondering if you qualify? Click here for our Application Process for more information on required documentation.

We want you to be able to Move Forward! Apply today!!!!

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Scholar Spotlight – Nicholas

Nicholas began his journey with mental illness in middle school when his intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors began to impede his life. He began having panic attacks that ultimately required hospitalization. Once he finally receive his diagnosis, he was able to learn how to manage his behaviors and impulses through a variety of therapies and […]

Our board consists of professionals in the behavioral health care industry and educators. We understand what you’ve been through, and we have the resources to help.