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JADED Recovery Scholarship

2 winners, $3,500 each
Application Deadline
Apr 16, 2023
Winners Announced
May 16, 2023
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Direct and/or indirect experience with drug and/or alcohol addiction
Education Level:
High school juniors & seniors, trade school, undergraduates

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.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Boldest Profile
Published January 11, 2023
Essay Topic

How has your direct and/or indirect experience with drug and/or alcohol addiction affected your beliefs, relationships and career aspirations?

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

May 2023

ashley Cyr
Lily Backus
Lydia Runions
Ryan Crawford
Cristy Detty
William Campbell
hattie eubanks
Leah Borland
Camilo Parets Dominguez
Juhi Yadav
Alyssia G
Kristie Miller
Gian Shepard
Lilly McCarthy
Arielle Watson
Caitlyn Wollscheid
Roxane Ybarra
Martin Cedric Koye
Ashby Strauch
Katelyn Moody
Alexandria Delaola-Rodriguez
Dawna Cahill
Zoya Makkar
Irfa Siddiquie
Amanda williams
Emily Kate Tabor
Kameron Howard
Suzanne Pitman
Alexandria Booth
Tendaji Ya'Ukuu
Nevaeh Smith
Teagan Kay
Nicholas Hoskin
Anastasia Rogers
Shelby Hughey
Justis Strickland
Deborah Rivera
Mohammad Fahmid Chowdhury
Zachary Hinojosa
Shania Layne
Kenedy Kass
Justin Daugherty
Ariana Gambrell
Layla Pfaff
Faria Zaman
Michael Jacobson
Wyatt Draves
Colton Graham
Silvana Albornoz Toyohama
Vanessa F
Simone Jane
Michael Laughery
Chelsea Hawes
Brenda Price
Teleauba Revels
Katie Corbett
Evan Kelso
Nicole Nungaray
Ty Sells
Angelica Nguyen
Ashley Orosco
jordan cooley
amanda laczko

Winning Applications

Lana Hendricks
Seneca HighSeneca, SC
Nine. It is an important age. Nine is the last year before you turn double digits. Your classes become more than just A, B, C, and 1, 2, 3. Nine is a developmental year. It is before everything changes. When I was nine, my life as I knew it fell apart. In short, my third-grade teacher and her husband, the pastor of a local church my aunt and uncle attended, adopted me. I went from seeing my brother and sisters every day to seeing them once every Sunday. I had to find my place in a whole new family all because of addiction. This can be challenging for a child that has not even found her place within herself. Both of my biological parents were addicted to prescription opioids. The first time it actually affected me, I was in 4K. My younger brother and I had to live with a foster family. We did not know these people, but we were together. We were eventually allowed to go back with our parents. Soon after, my little sister was born. I knew then I had to raise both of my siblings because my parents were unable to do so. I kept things afloat until I was nine. We were all three placed with my aunt and uncle. They also had two children. This became difficult for them to do, so we needed a new solution. We were each adopted into different families while in elementary school. However, I did not let this affect my grades, social life, or goals. When my adoption happened, I did not let it affect my grades. I began to push myself harder because school became a place of normalcy. I tested well on my state test and began to be in honors classes. This continued through middle and high school. I have taken many APs and honors classes. I have been able to accomplish this even though I did not have a traditional home life in my major developmental years. I have allowed myself to have a healthy social life. I have joined FFA, JROTC, 4-H, cheerleading, track and field, Interact, and NHS. I am also an active member of my church. Though my childhood started roughly, I have not allowed it to prevent me from being a very active participant in my school and community. Since I was a child, I have pretty much known what I wanted to do. I want to own and operate a small farm. I want to major in Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University, and I wanted to be a part of the military. These were my goals. They did not change when I was nine years old. These are still my goals. I am doing my best to make these happen. I have enlisted in the National Guard. I have also been accepted into Clemson’s Animal and Veterinary Sciences program. My life imploded, but I stayed true to what I wanted in the future. To conclude, I have done everything to exceed people’s expectations of me. Many people expected me to end up like my biological family. High school dropouts with no future, but I refuse. I will go to college and make something of myself. This experience with addiction as a young child has become my motivation. I was indirectly affected by drug addiction, but I will not let it be my future. My siblings and I are now thriving in our giant, beautifully mixed family. I would not change anything that happened because I have learned and matured into the young lady I am today.
Neyalla Gallagher
University of DenverDenver, CO


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 16, 2023. Winners will be announced on May 16, 2023.

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