American Addiction Centers Announces 2016 Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program $10,000 in scholarship funds to be awarded to students entering or enrolled in post-secondary programs focused on treating mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
In January 2015 American Addiction Centers launched its Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program providing $10,000 in scholarship funds to college and graduate students pursuing careers in behavioral health and addiction-related studies.
Helping those who help others
“We are committed to helping those who help others,” said Michael Cartwright, AAC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It is our hope more students will choose to pursue a career in behavioral health or addiction-related studies and help the millions of Americans facing mental health and/or substance abuse issues.”
There is a great need for trained mental health and substance abuse experts. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, it is estimated that one in every four adults experiences mental illness while approximately 20% of youth ages 13 to 18 suffer from severe mental disorders in any given year. Findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimate 20 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. reports that one in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependency.
Three scholarhisps will be awarded!
Three scholarships will be awarded. The first place winner will receive $5,000 in financial assistance. Second and third place winners will each receive $2,500. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2016. Awards will be announced on or about June 30, 2016, and winners will receive their scholarship money on or about August 26, 2016.
Students eligible for scholarships are high school graduates as of Summer 2016 and full or part-time undergraduate or graduate students that are or will be enrolled in a behavioral health, nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/family therapy program, or another program focusing on treating mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Applicants must complete a brief application form and submit an essay of 800-1000 words answering the following, “Within your chosen area of the behavioral sciences, discuss the direction the field is heading in by looking at both encouraging and problematic trends.”
For more information and eligibility requirements in regards to the American Addiction Centers Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program or to apply online click here: AAC Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship.