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Elizabeth Schalk Memorial Scholarship

Funded by
2 winners, $1,250 each
Application Deadline
Jan 1, 2025
Winners Announced
Feb 1, 2025
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate
Affected by mental illness, either personally or in the family

Mental health issues are among the most common health issues affecting individuals and families today. 

Mental illness can make it a challenge for families by not only affecting those who suffer directly but also those suffering indirectly. The Elizabeth Schalk Memorial Scholarship will not only help fund a student's education, but will also memorialize Elizabeth Schalk, who suffered from mental illness throughout her life.

High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students are eligible to apply if they have a mental illness or have been impacted by mental illness in their family. To apply, write about how mental illness has had an effect on you and/or the people you are close to.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published April 6, 2024
Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about yourself and how mental illness has affected you and/or your family.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Lynnsey Canady
Eastern Washington UniversityEagle Springs, NC
Kate Marks
University of Louisiana at LafayetteMadisonville, LA
Julianna Burke
Boston CollegePortland, ME
Darby McCleary
Astoria Senior High SchoolWarrenton, OR
I felt like a freak as I sat in the chair of the doctor's office, awaiting my results. I had spent the last few months dealing with tics, quickly becoming an outcast among my friends. They would tell me to "knock it off" or that it "creeped them out." But it wasn't my fault; I had no control over it. I spent so much time explaining that to them, but they never listened. I had no idea what to do about it or what may be causing it. I just decided to wait it out, hoping I would simply grow out of it. However, my condition continued to worsen, so I knew it was time to do something about it. So I finally decided it was time to get checked out, hoping there was a cure to whatever was plaguing me. The doctor told me that my tics were a symptom of extremely high anxiety levels, which I had been dealing with as a side effect of the many things happening in my life. I had been taking many challenging classes while balancing my extracurriculars and dealing with issues at home and with my friends. She explained that if I could get my stress under control, my tics would start to disappear. I was so relieved to find out that I would get to be "normal" again. I was then prescribed medication and began therapy to help me manage my anxiety. Shortly after, I saw improvement in my tics and my overall mental well-being. The medication targeted my anxiety, alleviating my stress and no longer triggering my tics, which helped me function better in areas of my life such as a classroom, a soccer field, social events, and more. Currently, I am at a place where I rarely ever experience tics, and I find myself managing stress and mental health in much healthier ways than I used to. My experience with my mental health and therapy made me change the way I see the world. It has helped me so much, and I have come far from where I once was. I believe everybody deserves access to therapy or mental health resources. I also believe that we need to eliminate the stigma around mental illness. Many people with some form of mental illness already struggle to cope, and shaming them can only worsen matters. I want to help others as I once was, and now I aspire to be a therapist. I want to specialize in helping kids and teens. I've begun taking classes to help me plan my career, such as psychology and careers in education. The brain is in such an intense developmental stage, and many teens nowadays struggle with mental health more than ever, while resources and education are minimal. I want to help other young adults entering our society feel and achieve their best and teach them the resources to do so. Because I believe everybody has the right to feel good.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jan 1, 2025. Winners will be announced on Feb 1, 2025.