Helping Those
Who Choose to Help Others

AAC’s 2017 Behavioral Health
Academic Scholarship Program

2017 Scholarship Recipients Announced
Thanks to each and every one who submitted an essay in our scholarship competition. With 2,024 essay submissions, the competition was fierce and it was very difficult to select just three.
• $ 5,000 1st Place – Sharlene Leong – Howard University, Clinical Psychology
• $ 2,500 2nd Place – Munib Raad – Columbia University School of Nursing
• $ 2,500 3rd Place – Louis Carney – St. Clair Community College, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic

For those of you who were not awarded the scholarship, from reviewing your essays, we recognize your compassion and drive to help those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. We wish you the best of luck in your studies.

Behavioral Health Professionals
AAC established these scholarship awards to provide financial assistance to college and graduate students pursuing careers in behavioral health and addiction-related studies. Students eligible for scholarships are those enrolled or will be enrolled in Nursing, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, or other programs focusing on treating mental health and substance abuse issues.

$10,000 in Scholarships to be Awarded

Submission Guidelines:

Award Amounts: First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $2,500
Third Place: $2,500
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017
Award Announcement: June 30, 2017
Award Date: August 26, 2017

Scholarship Eligibility
-High School graduate as of Summer 2017
-Open to full or part-time college undergraduate or graduate students
-Enrolled or entering an academic program in nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/family therapy, or other curriculum that focuses on treating mental health and substance use disorders.

Scholarship Entry Requirements
In the form of a first-person essay, please answer the following question: (500 words max.)

Essay Question
In your chosen area of Behavioral Science study, what do you see as current challenges for getting individuals into addiction treatment? What are your suggestions for how to fix this problem?

Selection Process
Essay submissions will be reviewed by a committee of behavioral health professionals selected by AAC. The review period will begin after the submission deadline of May 31, 2017. Final selections will be made by the AAC Scholarship Committee.

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