SpringBoard Recovery Scholarship

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Are adults merely grown-up versions of ourselves when we were just children, with the same motivations, needs and wants, now simply framed for an adult world that probably bemuses us as much as when we were actually running around playgrounds, laughing with our friends like little lunatics?

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.” – Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist and pioneer in the fields of developmental psychology and epistemology (August 9th., 1896 – September 16th., 1980)

No doubt, Jean Piaget, the famous Swiss psychologist quoted above, and renowned for his work on child development, particularly his theory of “genetic epistemology,” would have plenty to say about the sentence above. In fact, come the end of the last century, he was second only to the equally-famous B.F. Skinner when it came to being cited for his brilliance in the field of psychology.

There is little doubt that Piaget’s theories have had a huge impact on the world of modern psychology and its associated fields, and his body of work continues to influence professional psychologists today. 

At SpringBoard, we understand first hand that there is an ever-growing need for qualified addiction and mental health professionals to help those struggling with substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring disorders.

Therefore, we have decided to give back to the community in the way of an educational scholarship program. This financial aid is for students who are enrolled in a college program in the field of Behavioral Health. Our aim is to help undergraduate and graduate students in their welcome pursuit of a career in the areas of behavioral health and addiction-related studies

Springboard Recovery Behavioral Health College Scholarship

Eligible Programs:

  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Counseling
  • Substance abuse or mental health training programs

SpringBoard Recovery Behavioral Health Scholarship

All undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of behavioral health and addiction-related studies are invited to enter our Behavioral Health Scholarship Program, with the following financial incentives:

First Place = Prize $3,500

Second Place = $1,000

Runner Up = $500

How Do I Enter?

There are 2 available options to choose from to enter our scholarship program: to write an original 2,000-word essay (the topic is your choice from 3 possible questions listed below) OR to create an original comic strip (this year’s theme is: “Drug and/or alcohol abuse in young people today”). So, are you an essayist or a creative?

Writing your scholarship essay
  1. Essay Entry Option

Please write an original* 2,000-word essay based on one of the following essay questions:

  • What makes someone an addict? Is there a difference between experimentation, abuse and addiction?
  • How does addiction affect those close to the addict, ie. family and friends? What can be done to help a loved one suffering from addiction?
  • Does current pop culture glamorize the use of substances, and actively encourage young people to experiment?

*Please note that all essay entries will be checked for plagiarism.

  1. Comic Strip Entry Option
  • Create an original* comic strip on the following theme:
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse in young people today.
  • One-shot comic – 2 pages minimum, 6 pages maximum.
  • Style: Free
  • Illustration: Original color or black and white
  • Read direction: No obligation – optional
  • Important – Your project must be adapted to an audience of all ages

*Please note that all essay entries will be checked for plagiarism.

All Applicants (either Essay or Comic Strip)

  • You are invited to create a 1- to 2-minute video to accompany your submission. Please include:
    • A personal introduction, and
    • A description of your entry (the essay question you decided to answer or your comic strip
  • Additional Instructions: All submissions should also include:
    • Your full name
    • Age
    • Phone number
    • Address, and 
    • Name of the university you attend**
  • To apply, send an email including the above information, your entry, and a copy of your transcript to: scholarships@springboardrecovery.com 
  • You must encourage friends and family to like/share your entry.

**You give us express consent to confirm your admission and attendance by contacting the college or university.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Graduate or undergraduate student enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in the U.S. 
  • Your official transcripts or a copy of your official transcripts must be uploaded with your application
  • Welcome to enter: U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. permanent residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian entrants, Humanitarian parolees
  • At least 18 years of age at the time of entry

Those not eligible to enter:

  • Owners, employees, or direct family members of employees or owners affiliated with SpringBoard Recovery
  • International students or temporary residents

Application Deadline & Winner Selection

Applications are to be submited by January 1, 2020.

The winner of the next SpringBoard Recovery Behavioral Health Scholarship will be announced on March 1, 2020. Scholarship money will be sent via mail by check.

Disclaimer: Please Read

By submitting an application to SpringBoard Recovery, you certify that all the information you have provided is accurate and complete. You agree to transfer all rights and ownership of your essay/comic strip, and all submitted information to SpringBoard Recovery, whether or not you are selected as a winner. 

You also agree that your name, essay, and award amount may be used on our website, through announcements, or articles (i.e. social media, newsletter, etc) issued by SpringBoard Recovery. If you would like to remain anonymous whenever SpringBoard Recovery publishes your essay/comic strip, you must request this in your initial submission.

The selection of winners is entirely at the discretion of SpringBoard Recovery. Winners will be contacted via the email address that was used to submit the application.

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