Drug and alcohol addiction are major public health problems in the United States, with an estimated 21.7 million Americans suffering from substance use disorders in 2018. The impact of addiction and its treatment can be profound, and the recovery process can be lengthy, complex, and expensive.
Recovering from addiction can be especially difficult for individuals who are also trying to pursue higher education. Limited financial resources, social stigma, and the gaps in addiction treatment services can make it difficult to both secure and maintain recovery and attend college.
A 2017 study found that, while college students with a substance use disorder had similar academic performance to their peers without addiction, they were more likely to struggle with financial instability and to not complete their degree.
Recognizing the need for financial support for individuals with experience with addiction who are pursuing higher education, the JADED Recovery Scholarship was created to support students who have had direct and/or indirect experience with drug and alcohol addiction.
To apply, please tell us how your direct and/or indirect experience with drug and alcohol addiction affected your beliefs, relationships and career aspirations.
How has your direct and/or indirect experience with drug and/or alcohol addiction affected your beliefs, relationships and career aspirations?