Robert Wechman was a dedicated professor and an endless supporter of his son, especially during his son’s struggles with mental illness.
He was not only an incredible father, but also an amazing example of how mental health should be talked about in society: in a de-stigmatized and supportive way.
In the United States, stigma is one of the key barriers that stop so many who suffer from mental illness from seeking treatment. Although 1 in 5 adults live with mental illness in their day to day lives, up to 52% of those who need treatment choose to try to ‘tough it out’ instead of seeking out the mental health care they deserve.
This scholarship is meant for a student who has personal experience with mental illness, and is passionate about challenging the stigma associated with mental health conversations and treatment.
Any high school student who is planning to attend a four year university, is in need of financial support, and has personal experience living with mental illness may apply for this scholarship.
To apply, tell us how your experiences with mental health have influenced your beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations, and how your experiences have influenced your desires to de-stigmatize mental health.
How has your experience with mental health influenced your beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations? How have your experiences influenced your desire to de-stigmatize mental health?
The application deadline is Mar 30, 2022. Winners will be announced on Apr 30, 2022.
The scholarship award is $1,500.
The winner will be publicly announced on Apr 30, 2022. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
We will send the award check to the financial aid office of the winner’s academic institution or future academic institution in their name, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school’s requirements). If the student's academic institution does not have a financial aid office, the student will receive the funding directly.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to verify their academic enrollment status by providing a copy of their most recent transcript.
If you have any questions about this scholarship or the Bold.org platform, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
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