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    Top 38 Mental Health Scholarships in June 2024

    Written by Maria Geiger

    Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Updated: June 7th, 2024

    According to the National Institute for Mental Health, nearly 30% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 have a mental, behavioral, or emotional mental health condition. Many of those diagnosed are seeking and enrolling in higher education. This can be a stressful time for all students. Paying for college is definitely a stressor, but will be less so if you win a few mental health scholarships. For that, you landed in the right place!

    In addition to broader overall mental health scholarships, our listing includes more diagnosis specific scholarships. This includes scholarships for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. We also included a few that apply to those who have been impacted by the mental health struggles of those around them. Finally, we included a few scholarships for college students who are studying and/or working to raise awareness about mental health.

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    The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:

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    * There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    AACAP Ulku Ulgur, MD, International Scholar Award

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    Multiple awards worth $2,500
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    The AACAP Ulku Ulgur, MD, International Scholar Award recognizes a child psychiatrist or physician in the international community who has made significant contributions to the…Show More

    The AACAP Ulku Ulgur, MD, International Scholar Award recognizes a child psychiatrist or physician in the international community who has made significant contributions to the…Show More

    The AACAP Ulku Ulgur, MD, International Scholar Award recognizes a child psychiatrist or physician in the international community who has made significant contributions to the enhancement of mental health services for children and adolescents. All even-numbered years (2024, 2026, etc.) awards will be given to applicants from Turkey. The award in all odd-numbered years (2025, 2027, etc.) will be given to students from any non-U.S. country. Applicants must be either a child and adolescent psychiatrist or a physician in the international community at the time of AACAPs Annual Meeting. Applicants from Turkey are defined as follows: Turkish living in Turkey, Turkish living abroad, Non-Turkish living in Turkey, or Non-Turkish people who did work in Turkey and are now living abroad. If you're a child psychiatrist or physician who has contributed to the enhancement of mental health services for children, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,500
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Addiction Awareness Scholarship

    Offered by Seasons in Malibu

    Multiple awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School & College Students

    Offered by Seasons in Malibu

    Do you have a personal story or researched information that you can share about addiction? If so, consider applying for the Addiction Awareness Scholarship. The Addiction…Show More

    Do you have a personal story or researched information that you can share about addiction? If so, consider applying for the Addiction Awareness Scholarship. The Addiction…Show More

    Do you have a personal story or researched information that you can share about addiction? If so, consider applying for the Addiction Awareness Scholarship. The Addiction Awareness Scholarship is open to high school and university students who are pursuing any major and who can shed light on the issues of addiction. The scholarship is offered by Seasons in Malibu, a highly-rated rehabilitation center in Malibu that provides comprehensive, evidence-based treatment to individuals seeking transformative care for addiction and/or mental health disorders. Their scholarship is offered bi-annually, with the cycles running from January to May and July to November, respectively. Each cycle, winning applicants will receive $1,500 in scholarships to help them pay for their college costs. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School & College Students
    Get Started

    Ascent’s $10,000 Summer Scholarship Giveaway

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship or job! Whether you're figuring out what interests you, checking out career resources, or picking up skills for your dream job, we want to know: Do you have what you need to enter the next phase of life, post-graduation? Ascent is committed to your long-term success and is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner for sharing your feedback and ideas on what you need to build the skills and confidence to thrive in the workplace. To apply, complete these three easy steps below: Step 1: Visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” to complete a quick survey and contact form. Step 2: Follow @ascentfunding on Instagram and like the post. Step 3: Tag 3 friends below that would benefit from this scholarship! Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored. Disclaimer: Deadline to apply for Ascent’s $10,000 scholarship prize (1) is September 2nd at 8:59AM PT. To apply and see official rules, visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” link here: AscentFunding.com/Scholarships.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
    Apply

    Jared Monroe Foundation Scholarship

    Offered by The Jared Monroe Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $2,300
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by The Jared Monroe Foundation

    Have you been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and are currently receiving treatment? If so, consider applying for the Jared Monroe Foundation Scholarship! The Jared Monroe…Show More

    Have you been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and are currently receiving treatment? If so, consider applying for the Jared Monroe Foundation Scholarship! The Jared Monroe…Show More

    Have you been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and are currently receiving treatment? If so, consider applying for the Jared Monroe Foundation Scholarship! The Jared Monroe Foundation Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have Bipolar Disorder and are currently receiving treatment. Students' diagnoses must be verified through letters from their current therapists. The scholarship is offered by The Jared Monroe Foundation, an organization dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding, and support for those with Bipolar Disorder to ensure that they do not feel alone. Each year, the scholarship awards between $500 and $2,300 to help the selected recipients with their educational expenses. If you're a current or incoming college student with diagnosed Bipolar Disorder, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $2,300
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    New Mexico Health Professional Loan Repayment Program

    Offered by New Mexico Commission on Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by New Mexico Commission on Higher Education

    Are you a healthcare professional who is residing, working full-time in, and licensed or certified in the state of New Mexico? Further, are you currently…Show More

    Are you a healthcare professional who is residing, working full-time in, and licensed or certified in the state of New Mexico? Further, are you currently…Show More

    Are you a healthcare professional who is residing, working full-time in, and licensed or certified in the state of New Mexico? Further, are you currently providing clinical care to patients? If so, the New Mexico Health Professional Loan Repayment Program may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the program provides repayment for outstanding student loans of practicing New Mexico health professionals. As a condition of the program, a health professional must make a three-year service commitment to practice full-time in a designated medical shortage area in New Mexico. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Prochnow Foundation Annual Scholarship

    Offered by Prochnow Foundation For Mental Health

    1 award worth $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Prochnow Foundation For Mental Health

    The Prochnow Foundation Annual Scholarship annually awards $1,000 to one (1) high-achieving college student who is diagnosed with a mental illness. The scholarship money must…Show More

    The Prochnow Foundation Annual Scholarship annually awards $1,000 to one (1) high-achieving college student who is diagnosed with a mental illness. The scholarship money must…Show More

    The Prochnow Foundation Annual Scholarship annually awards $1,000 to one (1) high-achieving college student who is diagnosed with a mental illness. The scholarship money must go toward the recipient's education at a four-year college or full-length trade school. To be considered, applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and submit a 250-500 word essay "describing your long-term personal and professional goals and how you achieve at a high level with a mental illness." If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    AACAP Irving Philips Award for Prevention

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    1 award worth $2,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Irving Philips Award for Prevention recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist and AACAP member who has…Show More

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Irving Philips Award for Prevention recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist and AACAP member who has…Show More

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Irving Philips Award for Prevention recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist and AACAP member who has made significant contributions in a lifetime career or single seminal work to the prevention of mental illness in children and adolescents. These contributions must have national and/or international stature and clearly demonstrate lasting effects. The contributions may be in the areas of teaching, research, program development, direct clinical service, advocacy, or administrative commitment. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $2,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    AACAP George Tarjan, MD, Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    1 award worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) George Tarjan, MD, Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist and…Show More

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) George Tarjan, MD, Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist and…Show More

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) George Tarjan, MD, Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Academy member who has made significant contributions in a lifetime career or single seminal work to the understanding or care of those with developmental disabilities. These contributions must have national and/or international stature and clearly demonstrate lasting effects. The contributions may be in areas of teaching, research, program development, direct clinical service, advocacy, or administrative commitment. Nomination letters must be accompanied by a CV for the individual nominated. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

    1 award worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    AACAP Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    1 award worth $4,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence recognizes innovative programs that address the prevention,…Show More

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence recognizes innovative programs that address the prevention,…Show More

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence recognizes innovative programs that address the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of mental illnesses in children and adolescents, and serve as model programs to the community. The monetary award is to be shared among the awardee and their service program. To be considered for the scholarship, students must be nominated (via nomination letter) and submit a CV and any support materials for the individual or organization nominated. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

    1 award worth $4,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    AACAP Sidney Berman Award for the School-Based Study and Treatment of Learning Disorders and Mental Illness

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    1 award worth $4,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Sidney Berman Award for the School-Based Study and Treatment of Learning Disorders and Mental Illness award…Show More

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Sidney Berman Award for the School-Based Study and Treatment of Learning Disorders and Mental Illness award…Show More

    The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Sidney Berman Award for the School-Based Study and Treatment of Learning Disorders and Mental Illness award recognizes an individual or program that has shown outstanding achievement in the school-based study or delivery of intervention for learning disorders and mental illness. Each year, a cash prize of $4,500 is awarded to one such individual or program who has done great work in the school-based study or delivery of intervention for learning disorders and mental illness. To be considered for the scholarship, individuals and programs must be nominated via letter and the nominee's curriculum vitae. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

    1 award worth $4,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    AACAP Junior Investigator Award

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    1 award worth up to $30,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    Are you an early-career faculty (assistant professor level or equivalent) conducting research related to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent mental health…Show More

    Are you an early-career faculty (assistant professor level or equivalent) conducting research related to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent mental health…Show More

    Are you an early-career faculty (assistant professor level or equivalent) conducting research related to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent mental health disorders? Further, do you hold AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) membership or have a membership application pending? If so, the AACAP Junior Investigator Award may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the Award gives a reward of up to $30,000 a year for two years to one such child and adolescent psychiatry early-career faculty (assistant professor level or equivalent). Applicants must be board-eligible or certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, have a doctoral-level degree, and be in a faculty or independent research position. If you're an early-career faculty and AACAP member conducting research related to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent mental health disorders, we encourage you to apply.Show Less

    1 award worth up to $30,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen
    Apply

    Youth Ambassador Mental Health Scholarship

    Offered by NAMI Missouri

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by NAMI Missouri

    Are you a college-bound high school senior from Missouri who believes in the importance that mental health plays in our lives? If so, consider applying…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior from Missouri who believes in the importance that mental health plays in our lives? If so, consider applying…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior from Missouri who believes in the importance that mental health plays in our lives? If so, consider applying for the Youth Ambassador Mental Health Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to two applicants who submit the best 500-700-word essays on "what mental health means to them." If you're a college-bound high school senior from Missouri who believes that mental health plays a significant role in our lives, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Race to End the Stigma Scholarship Program

    Offered by Carlos Vieira Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Carlos Vieira Foundation

    Are you a high school senior from the Central Valley (California) who plans on enrolling in a postsecondary institution? More importantly, do you believe in…Show More

    Are you a high school senior from the Central Valley (California) who plans on enrolling in a postsecondary institution? More importantly, do you believe in…Show More

    Are you a high school senior from the Central Valley (California) who plans on enrolling in a postsecondary institution? More importantly, do you believe in the importance of mental health awareness? If so, consider applying for the Race to End the Stigma Scholarship Program. Dedicated to ending the stigma on mental health, the Carlos Vieira Foundation offers an annual $1,000 scholarship to students who believe in the importance of mental health and who reside in one of twenty-one California counties (see full list under "Eligibility Information"). To apply, interested students must write a 500 - 1,000 word essay answering one of the mental health-related prompts. If you're from California's Central Valley and believe in the importance of mental health, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started
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    How to win mental health scholarships

    As with any scholarships, mental health scholarships are highly competitive. To win educational funding, you’ll have to stand out from the crowd. Here are a few tips to help your chances:

    Use your essay space to emphasize your strengths

    Struggles with mental health are very difficult for students. Your mental health may have impacted you in many different ways that set you back in your academic and personal life. While it’s very important to dedicate time to processing these struggles, it’s usually a good idea to keep them off of your scholarship application essays.

    The organizations offering these scholarships are interested in selecting candidates who have overcome difficulties, have a strong drive, and a vision of their future and how to accomplish it. So, when you do mention mental health in your essay, it’s a good idea to frame it as an opportunity for growth and a formative experience. Talk about your past in terms of how it drives you to a promising future.

    Even if you have a powerful personal story involving loss, grief, or tragedy, that tragedy alone is typically not sufficient to win you scholarships. Since you only have limited words to catch the attention of your application reviewer, you’re best off using those words to indicate your strengths and potential rather than describing the difficulties you’ve suffered.

    Do your research

    Before beginning your applications, it’s a good idea to read your essay prompt very thoroughly and get an idea of what the reviewers want from you. How can you bend this prompt to show your strengths and potential?

    You should also research the organization offering the scholarship. Find out their core principles and values, and make sure to emphasize these in your application materials. They are looking for a candidate who aligns with their mission and values. You should make sure to show how you are that candidate.

    Fine-tune your writing with our guides

    An effective essay will be clear, concise, and compelling. Scholarship essays take a specific set of skills to write effectively. Luckily, we have a list of guides to help you write the best possible application. That includes guides on how to start and end a scholarship essay, how to respond to common scholarship essay prompts, and how to write a scholarship resume.

    We can also help you fine-tune your writing to 250 or 500 word limits, and write an essay about yourself. Finally, don’t miss our ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships!

    Mental health resources for students

    Many colleges and universities offer mental health resources for enrolled students. If you need guidance, that is a great place to start. Because the counseling center at your college has experience with students your age, they should be able to steer you in the right direction. If you want or need to do research on your own, the following websites are a few of the most credible you can find.

    Anxiety and Depression Association of America

    Check out the varied list of resources offered by the ADAA that focus specifically on the needs of college students.

    National Alliance on Mental Health

    The National Alliance for Mental Health, or NAMI, as it is often referred, is the largest organization dedicated to helping Americans with mental illness build better lives. With 600 state organizations, NAMI offers free help and education. For college students, this “Starting the Conversation” guide and video is an excellent resource.

    ULifeline

    ULifeline is an anonymous online resource center especially for college students. Students can comfortably search for information regarding emotional and mental health. ULifeline is a project of The Jed Foundation, one of the USA’s leading organizations regarding the mental health of college students.

    Frequently asked questions about mental health scholarships

    Is there a scholarship for bipolar disorder?

    Yes – the Baer Reintegration Scholarship is a long-running scholarship program for students with diagnosed bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The scholarship provides funding towards high school equivalency, trade or vocational school, certification, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, and post-baccalaureate credit programs.

    Is there a scholarship for substance abuse problems?

     

    Many individual colleges offer scholarships for addicts who are demonstrating a commitment to combatting their substance abuse issues. Eligibility may vary by school, but Texas Tech University is a great example of a school offering a scholarship for recovering addicts through their Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities.

    Is there a scholarship for students with an eating disorder?

     

    There are many scholarships out there for students with an eating disorder. Most are offered on a regional and college-by-college basis. For example, the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers McBurney Scholarship Awards to students with disabilities, which is inclusive of eating disorders. These scholarships are not based on financial need, so the schools will take factors such as GPA and academic achievement into account.

    Do I need to have a diagnosis to apply for a mental health scholarship?

    Some mental health scholarships require that you have been diagnosed by a doctor, but others do not. For example, the Ethel Hayes Destigamitzation of Mental Health Scholarship only requires that you write a short essay about the importance of mental health. Whether or not you have a mental health diagnosis, you can find mental health scholarships which you qualify for.

    Can you get a scholarship for anxiety?

    Yes, you can. Anxiety is a recognized mental health condition, and so you will qualify for many mental health scholarships. For example, the Elevate Mental Health Awareness scholarship could be a great fit. You can also check out the Quell Foundation Fighter scholarship. To be matched with a huge variety of vetted scholarships, you can also try our free scholarship search tool.

    Am I at a disadvantage applying for scholarships if I struggle with mental health?



    Struggling with mental health is a difficult process in and of itself, and for this reason, you will have a natural disadvantage in that you will have to overcome those issues. However, scholarship providers will not think less of you for having mental health struggles. You should not feel a pressure to hide your mental health issues on your applications. If you find that they are relevant to what you are discussing in your essays, you can feel free to bring them up to give the provider a full picture of yourself.

    Remember, you get to choose what details to include. You can decide only to include information that you are comfortable with, or to include no information at all. But you should not feel as though you have to hide any of your mental health struggles in your applications. They might help explain fluctuations in academic performance or other factors in your application.

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