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Mental Health System Reform Scholarship

This scholarship is available for students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law school program within the United States. High school seniors who are graduating and will be enrolled in college before the scholarship deadline are also eligible to submit an essay. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for consideration.

Applications for The Mental Health System Reform Scholarship must include the following:

  • A current resume
  • An academic transcript (grade sheet)
  • A 750 word essay explaining your opinion on the mental health debate in the U.S. and whether you believe the mental health system is in need of reform. If so, include the steps you believe are necessary to accomplish this reform.

To apply for The Mental Health System Reform Scholarship, applicants must submit their complete application including a resume, transcript, and essay by the February 28, 2020 deadline. Applications must be sent to

The “Save a Life” Scholarship

Learning CPR and basic first aid are ways any one of us could potentially save a life. The educators and healthcare professionals of tomorrow take this mission even further by pursuing careers dedicated to the advancement of health and wellness. That is why The American Academy of CPR and First Aid is proud to sponsor the “Save a Life” Scholarship, offered exclusively to students majoring in the healthcare and education fields.

We know that care-giving and teaching can both be challenging but incredibly rewarding professions. That’s precisely why we made this commitment to further the education and career development of future doctors, nurses, technicians, professors, and teachers of all areas of specialization with this scholarship. We want to help with your education.

The “Save a Life” Scholarship

The “Save a Life” Scholarship of, $1,500, is awarded twice per year: once in the spring and once in the fall. Each $1,500 award will go to a different student, in order to maximize the impact of the scholarship, spread the word of the importance first aid and CPR training, and share more stories from future educators and healthcare professionals.

Scholarship Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Any student currently enrolled in, or applying to enroll within the next academic year, in a degree program in the fields of healthcare or education, at an accredited U.S. university, is eligible to apply.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • We take a broad view of what counts as a “healthcare field,” and that can include students pursuing mental health degrees or occupations, as well as administrative and non-profit programs. Applicants will have the opportunity to make their case for why their chosen field of study can be classified as healthcare or education-focused as part of their essay.
  • If you aren’t selected, that doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in your story — we still want to hear from you! Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply in subsequent scholarship rounds. Scholarships will only be awarded one time to each winner. Past winners are not eligible to apply again.
  • Scholarship winner will need to submit a photo copy of government issued state identification card or driver license.


How To Apply:

Qualifying applicants will submit the following information via email to

  • Your name, address, phone number, and email
  • Your scholarship essay of between 750 and 1,000 words, explaining your career aspirations, how you plan to advance healthcare and/or education through your work, and what inspired you to commit yourself to this field. Your scholarship essay can be attached as a Word file, or linked as a Google Doc.
  • Submit your essay before each deadline. Essays received after the deadline will not be considered.
    • Fall Scholarship Deadline – October 1st
    • Spring Scholarship Deadline – May 1st
  • A copy of your most recent academic transcript to prove enrollment in a qualifying degree program from accredited US institutions.

    — or —

  • A copy of your letter of acceptance, proving future enrollment in a qualifying degree program from accredited US institutions. Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship

The Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program was started to encourage college students to make a difference and inspire change in the health field. We recognize that students who are working on behavioral health degrees face significant academic and economic challenges. This financial award helps students finish their degree and lessen their stress about how to pay for it.

We welcome all eligible students who are passionate about the behavioral health field to apply.

Award Amounts:

1st Place: $5000

2nd Place: $2500

3rd Place: $2500


  1. High School graduate as of Summer 2019
  2. The student must be enrolled in an accredited certificate, associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree as of Fall Semester 2019.
  3. GPA 2.5 or above

Eligible areas of study:

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Behavioral Science
  • Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare Management
  • Health Psychology
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Child and Family Advocacy
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Medical Sociology
  • Behavioral Health
  • Counseling
  • Medical Ethics
  • Psychology of Addiction or Substance Abuse
  • Research Related to Addiction or Behavioral Health
  • Other (with a behavioral health focus)

Application Process:

  1. Fill out the Application Form
  2. Write an Essay
  3. Attach and Send All Documents

Application Form:

The 2019 Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program Application Form.

Date of Birth:
Phone Number:
School Attending or Planning to Attend:
Location of School: (city and state)
Highest grade completed (12th, freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, bachelors, master, Ph.D., etc.):

Write an Essay:

Please answer the following essay question (no longer than 500 words):

If you woke up tomorrow and you were president of the United States, what is the first thing you would do to help with the current opioid crisis?

Submission Reminder:

  • Application information is accurate
  • Essay is no more than 500 words
  • Application and essay are attached as a single Word document

Send Submission to

Submission Guidelines:

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Announcement: June 30, 2019
Award Date: August 26, 2019

SHAPE America Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship

  • Major in health or physical education
  • College junior or senior (completed a minimum of 60 credits)
  • Current member of SHAPE America, may join at the time of application
  • Minimum cumulative gpa of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, all institutions student attended must be included
  • First time recipient of this award

Applications will be evaluated on scholastic proficiency, evidence of leadership, school, community, professional activity/service, and character attributes.

BD Scholarships for Students Pursuing Careers in Healthcare

BD is committed to “helping people live healthy lives.” The BD Scholarship supports this purpose by advancing students who demonstrate academic excellence and community engagement in their pursuit of a career in the healthcare industry.


  • Enrolled full time
  • Rising junior or senior
  • Minimum 3.2 gpa on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry
  • Financial need
  • 750 word personal statement

Please see the website for additional information and the application.

Healthcare Training Scholarship Plan – National CPR Association

Writing Your Essay

We are looking for a 500-1500 word essay with a focus on your personal thoughts and feelings. Tell us what you think about the possibility that you may be required to perform CPR on someone to save their life – how will you handle the situation, and what kind of preparation will you undertake to ensure you are ready for and up to the task? If you have been involved already in a lifesaving scenario, we would like to read about that as well – include as many specifics as possible and relate your feelings and thoughts about the incident.

Expert knowledge of CPR is neither required not expected, since you may not have yet received training in this lifesaving procedure. Instead, we will be focused on the clarity and cohesion of your message, its sincerity and persuasiveness, and how effective it is judged to be at getting your point across.

How to Enter

You should type and save your entry in Micrososft Word as a .doc or .docx file, named using your last name, first initial, and name of your learning institution.

Attach the file to an email with the subject line “CPR ESSAY CONTEST ENTRY” and include the following in the body of the email:

  • Full name
  • Contact Information (Home Address; Email Address and Telephone number)
  • Name of School
  • Type of Program

Submit your entry via email to no later than April 30, 2020.

Eligible Participants

Anyone enrolled in a college program (under graduate or graduate track) can enter; we are specifically hoping to see entries from students enrolled in programs or courseware in the following fields:

  • Dental School
  • Emergency Medical Technician Program
  • Medical College
  • Nursing School
  • Paramedic Program
  • Pharmacy College
  • Respiratory Therapy Program

Employees of National CPR Association and our affiliates, and employee relatives up to the third degree of consanguinity are prohibited from joining this contest.

  • All entries submitted become the property of National CPR Association
  • Proof of course enrollment may be requested prior to awarding the scholarship and other prizes to the winners
  • Only submit one entry, Duplicate submissions will disqualify entrants.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

Axon Optics Migraine Story Scholarship

Who Is Eligible:

Any current, full-time student of an accredited two-year or four-year American university or college is welcome to apply. There is no age or specific major requirement.

If you have not been accepted to college, you can still apply. Please note that the award is made directly to your college’s financial aid office so it won’t be distributed until you are registered with your school.

How To Apply:

Students who fit the eligibility requirements listed above can apply for the scholarship. To enter, applicants must submit either 1) an essay (maximum of 300 words), 2) a video (less than 1 minute), or 3) an image (photograph, drawing, etc) on ONE of the following topics:

What is your migraine story?

What is your light sensitivity story?


1)    Post your submissions on AT LEAST one of your personal social media accounts.

Video entries: load the video to your social media account of choice.

Essay or Image: Post your essay or image on your social media account of choice

Social Media Instructions

  • Facebook or Google+: At the end of your post add the following | #mymigrainestory
  • Instagram: after you post your video, in the caption | #mymigrainestory
  • YouTube: In your video title include #mymigrainestory and in the description add this link:

Please make sure the post is public so that our panel can find them by searching ‘#mymigrainestory’. We encourage you to share your post(s).

2)      Fill out the form at the bottom of the page

Additional Information

Deadline for Submission:

The submission deadline is at 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2019, your local time.

A Place For Mom’s Senior Wisdom Video Scholarship

A Place for Mom is proud to offer scholarships to university students interested in the fields of aging and gerontology. As North America’s largest senior living referral service, we know the importance of supporting the training and education of our future senior care leaders.

Scholarships will be awarded to a citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) who is enrolled and currently taking classes at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), and will grant selected applicants a $2,000 financial donation for their compelling submissions on life lessons from a senior.


We accept submissions year round but in order to be eligible for the next award submissions need to reach A Place for Mom by May 1, 2020. The winners will be announced by June 5, 2020. Submissions received after May 1 will automatically be considered for future awards.


Student may choose to send either an essay or a video submission on the following topic: What are the most important life lessons that you have learned from a grandparent or other senior in your life? How will you use the lessons learned from them in your future career in working with seniors?

Essay Requirements:

Video Requirements:

  • The Video must consist of the Applicant’s interview of a senior or the Applicant’s sharing a story about life lessons from an older person who is/was important in the Applicant’s life.
  • Video must be at least two minutes, but no more than three minutes.
  • The Video should have good production quality (images, sound, etc.); the Video doesn’t have to be polished, but needs to be well put together.
  • The Video may include other people, but the Applicant must have permission from all individuals who appear in or are mentioned in the Video to use their name, voice and/or image. If they are not willing, please do not use them in the Video. If requested, Applicants must be able to provide A Place for Mom with such permission on a form acceptable to A Place for Mom.
  • The Video may not:
    • Contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.
    • Feature brand names or trademarks.
    • Contain artwork not created by the Applicant.
    • Contain copyrighted music without permission or licensing for use in this Application.

Large video files (20MB or larger) should be uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube and the link included in an email to Please note that our email system will not accept .zip files.


Complete the student information form.

Send an email to with the following:

  • Your completed 400 to 700 word essay OR a two to three minute video. If your video is larger than 20MB please add the video to either YouTube or Vimeo and send that link. Please note that our email system will not accept .zip files.
  • A signed copy of the Scholarship Award Agreement. The easiest way to do this is to print the PDF file, fill it out and scan it back into your computer so that you can include it in your application packet. Alternately, you can print it, fill it out and then take a clear picture of it and email that file along with your application packet.

Submissions should have the student’s name as the title/file name and all emails should include the student’s name in the subject line.


A Place for Mom may choose to not award or to withdraw the Scholarship Award for any reason.