Trudgers Fund

Funded by
C.Louis Gable
Learn more about the Donor
$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Open
Next Application Deadline
Nov 24, 2022
Next Winners Announced
Dec 24, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior, undergradutate
Background:
Addiction struggles, but currently sober
Education Level:
Background:
High school senior, undergradutate
Addiction struggles, but currently sober

Many students are familiar with the struggles of drug and alcohol addiction. 

It can be difficult to stay in school and be successful when spiraling down a dangerous path through addiction. Those who have persevered through addiction and seek further education, deserve to be celebrated. Living a sober life and putting education to use, can bring numerous experiences and chances to grow as an individual. The Trudgers Fund will support students as they strive for success in school and in their personal lives after struggling with addiction. 

This scholarship is for high school seniors and undergraduate students who have experienced their own struggles with alcohol and drug addiction and are seeking higher education to enhance their lives. To apply, write about your experience with addiction and how you’d like to use your higher education to help others.

Published June 24, 2022
$1,000
1 winner$1,000
Open
Next Application Deadline
Nov 24, 2022
Next Winners Announced
Dec 24, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Describe your experience with addiction, highlighting what it was like for you, what happened, and how your life has changed since being sober. How would you like to use your education to help others?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Kurtis Riener
Chabot CollegeUnion City, CA
My journey through addiction was a subtle one. At first, no one noticed, especially not myself. With time, those closest to me began to take notice, and gently, tried to nudge me in the right direction. I wasn't exactly resistant but I did not take their suggestions to heart. It seemed my slow and steady march towards destruction was not enough cause for alarm. It took something with a little more flair, a red flag that said, "This path is killing you", for me to realize I needed help. In the fall of 2019, an accidental drug overdose caused me to have a seizure in the park and woke me up to the reality that I needed help. I was lucky to survive, but I was just as lucky for everything that followed. Not long after that fateful day, I began my time in a chemical dependency outpatient program. It was there, with the incredible people I met, that I turned my life around. My path toward addiction was an all too common one. I suffered from severe mental health problems including bipolar disorder and anxiety. Desperate for relief from symptoms I had no skills to handle, I turned to self-medicating, primarily with alcohol and marijuana. The drugs and alcohol masqueraded as a support, they brought relief and a smile to my face, but behind the scenes, they were digging me into a deeper and deeper hole. It didn't even occur to me that each draw made the psychosis more real or that every drink made the depression more severe. In the end, I was simply seeking relief, but from all the wrong sources. Through love, support, and human connection, I found the relief I had been seeking, and with it, I found a full life. Overcoming my mental health and addiction struggles was the single most rewarding experience in my life but I would be remiss if I said I had done it alone. It was only through the love and support of my family, friends, and health care professionals that I made it to the other side. I cannot express the gratitude I have for those who gave me a second shot at life, but I will make it my life's work to pay it forward. I am in school to achieve my aspirations of becoming a licensed therapist with the goal to help those who suffer from mood disorders and addiction. While this goal will take many years, I still do what I can today to begin repaying my debt of gratitude. I currently facilitate a mental health support group and an addiction support group, the latter of which I founded myself. I also use my lived experience to sponsor young men who are new to addiction recovery, guiding them as I myself was guided by those who came before me. I have found that there is no rush like impacting the lives of those around you and no drug can compare to the joy and pride I felt the first time I took a sponsee out to dinner to celebrate their one-month sober date. I will always remember the look on my sponsee's face when I asked them how it felt to be sober, the radiance and triumph on their face was infectious. That look assured me I had found my life's calling. It was validation, redemption, and purpose all in one. Recovery saved my life, and I will work endlessly to show those who still suffer that the same is possible for them. Just like sobriety, I will achieve this one day at a time.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 24, 2022. Winners will be announced on Dec 24, 2022.