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Baer Reintegration Scholarship

The goal of the Baer Reintegration Scholarship is to help people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder acquire the educational and vocational skills necessary to reintegrate into society, secure jobs, and regain their lives.

The Baer Reintegration Scholarship is funded by the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation which supports the efforts of organizations working to stimulate education, research and direct care in the mental health field. A businessman and consultant, Mr. Baer personally faced mental health challenges during his life and sought to alleviate the suffering of those living with mental illness.


To be eligible for consideration for the Baer Reintegration Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder

  • Be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease, including medications and psychiatric follow-up, or have treating physician’s documentation of past history noted on Recommendation Form

  • Be actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegration efforts, such as clubhouse membership, part-
    or full-time employment, volunteer efforts or
    school enrollment

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and plan to attend a school in the United States

  • Be age 18 years or older by September 1st, 2020

The 2019-2020 application cycle for the 2020-2021 academic year is offering an exciting new opportunity for our Baer Reintegration Scholarship applicants. This fall, any applicant who turns their application in FULL by Monday, December 2nd 2019, will have the advantage of a pre-review of their application by the scholarship administrator.

Each applicant who participates in the Early Application Advantage (EAA) option will be notified via email by Monday, December 16th, if their application is missing any key pieces that would not allow for it to pass on to the next round of judging. For instance, if a psychiatric evaluation is not turned in, or filled out incorrectly, the scholarship administration will alert the applicant for this to be fixed with enough time before the January deadline. Another example; should the essay not be written in the proper format, the scholarship administration would alert the applicant of this error with enough time for them to revise their essay and then turn in the fixed application by the final deadline in January.

This opportunity has been created to encourage applicants to turn in their materials early, and also to allow for some applicants to receive a bit of needed guidance that would allow the judges to be able to review a qualified application. The Early Application Advantage option will NOT provide specific advice to individual applicants regarding the improvement of an application, but will simply alert applicants if there is a missing and/or invalid piece of their application that is able to be included or remedied prior to the final January deadline.

Consider turning in your application by December 2nd to take advantage of this great opportunity! Please remember, if you decide not to turn in your application by December 2nd, you still have over a month to turn it in for our 1/17/20 deadline; and it will not count against you if you do not use EAA. Each application is judged in the spring, and at that point the judges will not know who turned their application in early and who did not. This program is purely to help anyone who wants to complete their work early and get an extra check on their materials.

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