Scholar Spotlight: Arianna

We are pleased to present another of our 2016 JC Runyon Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Arianna!

Arianna is not your typical teenage girl. After being diagnosed with depression and PTSD at the age of ten years old, she endured years of silence and fear until she finally began to seek the treatment she so desperately needed. She started attending a youth support group held by NAMI called HopeVoice and began to learn that she was not alone and began to thrive. She has since become very involved with NAMI Virginia and has been featured in a few national campaigns to end stigma. Her state chapter has sponsored her to attend the National Conference for NAMI and participate with Advocacy Day. She is a member of the Youth Advisory Board for NAMI Virginia and helps raise money through the NAMIWalks every year.

She is a student at Longwood University in her homestate of Virginia and is studying Social Work. She plans to work in the mental health field and help write policy and legislative work which will enable her to be an advocate for people affected by mental illness. Her dream job is to work for NAMI National and help stomp out the stigma that surrounds mental illness. We have no doubt that she will do whatever she sets her mind to do!

We are so proud to be a small part of this dynamic young lady’s life and can’t wait to see how she is going to change the world! What a perfect example of #MovingForward. Well done, Arianna and congratulations on receiving the JC Runyon Foundations #UltimateScholarship!

Want to learn more about our recipients? Mark your calendars for April 23, 2016! Our Masquerade in Memphis will feature these beautiful girls as well as other movers and shakers who are showing us how to start #MovingForward.

Tickets will go on sale in March

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Are you interested in applying? 2016 Scholarship Applications are now available – click here application2016. All applications must be received on or before May 6, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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