Addiction Resource Scholarship Essay Contest is a free resource for people living with substance abuse, addiction, and/or mental health disorders. Addiction Resource scholarship essay contest aims to support collage and university students reach their educational goal.

Amount: 1st Place – $1000. Runner-up – $250

Deadline: April 12, 2024 is passionate about supporting higher education, to help students enrolled at a post-secondary institution reach their goals. The aim for Addiction Resource scholarship essay contest is to support collage and university students in reaching their educational goal and to give back to the community at large.  mission is to equip people living with substance use disorder and their loved ones with resources and knowledge about mental health and substance abuse they would need to achieve lasting recovery.


Applicants must be:

  • A student pursuing a college or university degree (associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate) or a trade certification in a technical college
  • Be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution
  • 18 years or older at the time of scholarship contest application

Essay Submission Topic & Guidelines

  • Write an original essay about the connection between substance use and mental health among college/university students.
  • include personal experiences with substance use and mental health on your college/university campus, if applicable.
  • Examples of questions you might consider answering:
      • How do mental health issues and substance use correlate?
      • What are the risk factors for mental illness and substance misuse among college students?
      • What are the rates of substance use disorder among college students?
When submitting

Your Essay Must Be: 

  • Your own original work
  • No longer than 1,200 words
    • Judgment guidelines: content quality, degree of originality, completeness, and relevancy to the topic
  • Submitted by April 12, 2024
    • Scholarship award announcement: April 19, 2024
    • Scholarship will be awarded for the Summer 2024 semester: Granted directly to the university through the financial aid department

The use of AI software, such as ChatGPT, IS NOT permitted. Each submission will be tested for originality to detect AI-generated work.

How to Apply

All applicants must:

  1. Meet all eligibility requirements.
  2. Craft an original essay.
  3. Submit the essay via email to with the subject line titled:  “Scholarship Essay Submission”.
  4. Include the following information in the email: Name, Age, Preferred email and Name of university/college institution.

Winners will be notified by email. 

The winning essays will be uploaded on and will be used to raise awareness about mental health issues among students on post-secondary institution campuses.

Contact Information

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See Also


See other Psychological / Psychiatric disability scholarships // see scholarships open to all disabilities

Last Updated: 2024-03-18

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