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Mental Health Scholarship for Women

1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
May 3, 2024
Winners Announced
Jun 4, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
Citizenship Status:
Citizen or permanent legal resident

College students often maintain hectic schedules filled with rigorous classes, mountains of homework, and even jobs to support themselves while attending school. 

On top of this, women face unique challenges in academia. As women keep up with their academic responsibilities, extracurricular activities, social lives, and personal growth during college, their mental health can be heavily affected. Research shows that female college students experience higher rates of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues when compared to male peers. The pressures of society, high expectations of women, and the financial stress of tuition and living costs often affect women’s mental health.

This scholarship aims to recognize the importance of mental wellness for academic success and personal development by supporting female students who recognize the importance of mental health and prioritize it while attending college.

Any female high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident and is dedicated to her mental health may apply for this scholarship. 

To apply, tell us how your mental health affects your academics and personal life and how you actively prioritize your mental health.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published March 11, 2024
Essay Topic

How does your mental health impact your academic performance and personal life while you attend school? What steps do you take to make your mental health a priority?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Elise Davidson
Saybrook UniversitySITKA, AK
Throughout my life, I have learned that in order to maintain a state of mental wellness, it is really important for me to take care of all aspects of myself, including my mind, body and spirit. For me this is done through a rigorous practice of self-care, which is mindfully incorporated on a daily basis by scheduling in time for "the little things" such as walks, taking time by myself, and getting comfortable with saying "no" to certain social obligations or other obligations that would be putting too much on my plate all at once. I take time each morning in the wee hours of dawn, before everyone else wakes up, to sit with a cup of hot coffee in silence and focus on grounding myself and getting into my body. After a few moments of this quiet time, I pull up my calendar and make notes of anything specific I might be looking forward to or needing to get done, and sometimes I create checklists to ensure I have the tools I need to be successful. This, for me, embodies a self-care practice and affects my mental health considerably because it helps me not to feel thrusted into a day that I don't feel mentally prepared for. When I learned how to begin prioritizing my mental health by getting outside for regular walks in nature with my dog, speaking with a mental health counselor on a semi-regular basis, practicing yoga and fueling my mind and body with healthy food, and being in relationships with people who have a positive impact in my life, I have seen that I am able to take on many challenges and experience success in the workplace, in academics, as well as in my home life and social life. I am also able to be a better parent to my seven-and-a-half month old son who needs me to show up as my best self in order to take good care of him. I want to show him with the way I live my life that it is possible to live a healthy and joyous life, and that doing so will put him in a position to accomplish any goals and navigate any challenges that come up for him. As a woman who is currently working toward obtaining a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling, I have a deep understanding of the necessity of prioritizing mental health not only because it is the subject I am studying, but because my entire life has led me to this juncture at which prioritizing not only my own mental health but also encouraging and impacting those around me in a way that positively affects their mental health has become my primary goal in life. As someone who struggled with mental health in adolescence and was able to overcome significant obstacles to get to where I am today, I have a deep appreciation for the role of mental health in my life and I am so excited for the opportunity to share my passion for mental health with my community and positively impact others' lives as a licensed mental health counselor. If it wasn't for the struggles I faced in my youth, and the mental health resources I had access to that helped me grow as a person, I wouldn't be where I am today and I am so grateful that I have learned how to make my mental health the number one priority no matter what life throws at me. Thank you for considering me as a potential recipient of this scholarship, to help me reach my goals.
Alejandra Camacho
University of HoustonROSENBERG, TX
Navigating the academic landscape with ADHD has been a journey of self-discovery and resilience. Throughout elementary and high school, I grappled with the challenges that ADHD presented, striving to excel despite lacking the necessary resources. I maintained an average performance, earning A's and B's, but always sensed that I could achieve more if provided with the right support. It wasn't until my freshman year of college that I received a formal diagnosis for ADHD, marking a turning point in my academic and personal life. In the Hispanic community, mental health can be a somewhat taboo subject, and breaking this silence has been a significant aspect of my journey. I am hopeful that open dialogues about mental health will become more common, fostering understanding and support. With my diagnosis, I began a tailored approach to managing my ADHD. I take medication that helps alleviate the challenges posed by ADHD, but my commitment to prioritizing mental health extends beyond pharmaceutical solutions. I incorporate regular exercise, maintain a balanced sleep schedule, and adhere to a healthy diet. These lifestyle choices are vital in managing ADHD, as disruptions in sleep, imbalances in dopamine, and nutritional deficiencies can contribute to overwhelming feelings and emotional dysregulation. Living with ADHD often feels like navigating an unending to-do list, but I remind myself to approach life with compassion. In a society that often values conformity, I celebrate our differences, recognizing that ADHD offers unique perspectives and strengths. While ADHD can be overwhelming, I have learned to harness its positive aspects. People with ADHD have lower dopamine levels, leading them to seek stimulation. For me, this search for dopamine has translated into a passion for creativity. Creativity has become my outlet, a source of focus and joy. I can paint for hours, experiencing the hyper-focus that comes with ADHD. This hyper-focus not only aids in my artistic endeavors but also serves as a reminder that ADHD is not solely a challenge—it's an advantage. The ability to hyper-focus allows me to delve deeply into my art, creating work that I am immensely proud of. In managing ADHD, I am committed to dispelling the stigma surrounding mental health in my community. Through open dialogue and sharing my own journey, I aim to contribute to a more supportive and understanding environment. By embracing the challenges and advantages that come with ADHD, I am forging a path that prioritizes both my mental health and my artistic pursuits. As time progresses, I am refining my strategies for managing ADHD, learning more about myself, and navigating life's complexities with resilience and compassion.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 3, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jun 4, 2024.

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