College Scholarship Opportunity

Have you made your final decision on where you will be spending the next 4 years of your life? The decision graduating seniors make is a huge one. The 4 (or 5) years of college can be the most stressful fun you’ll ever have. This is the place that many people meet their future spouses, the mothers and fathers of their children. Lifelong bonds are made in college and decisions are made about a career path. Your limits are tested over and over and these are the years where you will learn who and what you want to be when you grow up. This is the time when most kids learn to live as an adult and test their wings. It’s fun and hard and taxing and wonderful. The ultimate years of oxymorons – stressful fun.

College Scholarship for Kids with Mental Illness

BUT, what if you’re suffering from a mental disorder? What if you’ve already been through more drama in 18 years than most see in a lifetime? Mental illness is not something that people can see on the outside, like a physical disability. It’s through behaviors that the diagnosis is made and for a child and teenager, this can be extremely traumatic. Psychiatric hospitalization can cost over $11,000 for 5 days and many times multiple stays is required. Did you know that the lifetime coverage for mental health in most cases is about $50,000. This includes outpatient treatment, medication, and hospitalization stays (including ER visits if applicable to the mental illness such as suicide attempt or major depressive/manic episode). The rest of the money required for treatment is the patient’s family responsibility. Significant out of pocket expenses can make it very difficult for parents to pay for college.

Does this apply to you? You’ve been through psychiatric treatment and have a handle on it. You’re ready to move forward and you and your treatment team feel you’re able to go to college and get a start on your future. You’ve had good grades since the treatment, and you’ve decided what college you’re going to attend. But there’s no scholarship money available because of the gaps in your transcripts while you were undergoing the treatment and before. Your parents have no money left to pay for college. You’ve hit a wall….what are you going to do?

The JC Runyon Foundation has the resources to help you go to college. Our Board is made up of mental health professionals and educators. We understand what you’ve been through. We can help pay for college. Apply today!

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Scholar Spotlight – Rian

Rian had visual hallucinations all his life. Starting at the age of 5, although they were very disturbing, he thought everyone saw them. He never told anyone because he didn’t know it was abnormal. That was until middle school, when his hallucinations began to manifest into debilitating experiences, leading to worrisome self-harming and suicidal behaviors. […]

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.