Addiction Resource Scholarship Essay Contest

We at are passionate about supporting higher education and are excited to announce our college scholarship essay contest.

Scholarship Essay Contest

Addiction Resource is proud to announce our $1,000 college scholarship essay contest.

Higher education can be a valuable part of seeking a long-term career or bettering a person’s lifestyle. We at are passionate about supporting higher education, both to help college students reach their goals and in an effort to give back to our community at large.

Scholarship Award Details

  • 1st Place: $1,000
  • Runner-up: $250

Scholarship Eligibility Submission Requirements

To participate in the scholarship contest, individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria, including:

  • Be a student pursuing a college or university degree (associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate) or a trade certification in a technical college
  • Be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of entry

Essay Contest Background

The majority of college students meet the criteria for a mental health disorder. Mental illnesses that are having significant impacts on college students today include depression, addiction, anxiety, and ADHD, among others. What’s more, many students go either undiagnosed or untreated for these mental health issues.

Emotional stress from undiagnosed or untreated mental health disorders can cause increased academic stress, higher dropout rates, worsening physical and mental well-being, overwhelm, isolation from peers, and other negative effects. Without the necessary tools to manage mental health issues, college students may struggle to find ways to cope.

This is why bringing awareness and fresh perspectives to the conversations around mental health issues in college is critical.

Essay Submission Topic

Research the rates of mental health disorders among college students and discuss factors that contribute to poor mental health. This may include financial stress, racial disparities in treatment, lack of access to mental health care, social stigmas, or other issues. Draw on your own personal experiences with mental health and discuss ways in which you feel mental health issues affect the students on your campus.

Create a unique idea for an awareness and prevention campaign, and include the specific ways you would implement this campaign on your campus, given the opportunity. Ensure you are both creative and detail-oriented, sharing why your campaign would be an effective strategy for your school to adopt.

Essay Submission Guidelines

When submitting your essay, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Essay is your own original work
  • Essay is no longer than 1,200 words
  • Judgment guidelines: content quality, degree of originality, completeness, and relevancy to the topic
  • Essay submission deadline: December 15, 2023
  • Scholarship award announcement: December 20, 2023
  • Scholarship will be awarded for the January 2024 semester. Scholarship will be awarded directly to the university through the financial aid department (or however the university chooses) to be distributed to the winning student.

How To Enter The Addiction Resource Scholarship Essay Contest

To submit an essay for review in our scholarship contest, follow these steps:

  • Ensure you meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Craft an original essay.
  • Submit your essay via email to with “Scholarship Essay Submission” as the subject.

Include within your email your:

  • name
  • age
  • university/college institution
  • preferred email

Winners will be notified by email—check back on December 20, 2023.

If you have any questions or want to know more about our scholarship, please contact us at

Winning essays will appear on our website at and will be used for the purpose of raising awareness about mental health issues among students on college campuses.

Our next scholarship essay contest will be announced on January 15th, 2024 to be awarded for the Fall 2024 semester. Please note that previous winners may not apply for future scholarship opportunities.

Updated on October 30, 2023

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