Eligibility Criteria & How To Apply
Applicants must be in addiction recovery for a minimum of six months by the time of enrollment. We do not provide scholarships to individuals currently in residential treatment.
Eligible educational pathways include:
- Certificate/Training Program
- Vocational/Trade School
- 2-year college
- 4-year college/university
Our priority is to support those attending certificate/training programs, vocational/trade schools and 2-year colleges. Currently, we do not have funding for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree, or individuals pursuing post-graduate education.
Household annual gross income should not exceed 250% of the federal poverty guideline. If living in a residential program or with unrelated roommates, individual income must not exceed guidelines. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration.
We require recipients to be a face and voice for recovery, and recipients’ recovery identity is not confidential or anonymous. There are varying levels at which you can share your story – and, our staff will work with you to identify your level of comfort and how to tell your story in an empowering non-stigmatizing way (that does NOT violate 12-step traditions).
Employees (FT, PT or contracted), Advisory Council Members and Board of Trustee Directors of both Ammon Foundation and Ammon Labs are not eligible for scholarship monies. Additionally any dependent child, legally adopted child or a stepchild residing in the same household of the aforementioned (or retiree) do not qualify.
If currently enrolled, transcripts from the last semester. If not currently enrolled, acceptance letter or description of program of choice.
One academic or professional and one personal reference (someone familiar with your recovery).
Copy of driver’s license or other government identification.
Last paycheck, W2, or letter from employer verifying salary.
Mailing address and any special instructions.
All supplementary materials required are due at the time of online application submission. Items must be ready for upload before beginning online submission. You will NOT be able to save and return to your application.
Applications are available online here.
Paper applications are available upon request. Please call 908.525.3735 or email email@example.com
Timeline for Application & Selection
Applications are reviewed and scored by a third-party objective Scholarship Selection Committee. Our Committee is comprised of (at least) one community member, one member of the Foundation’s Advisory Council and one Ammon Recovery Scholar Alumni. All members of the committee are subject to conflict of interest and confidentiality policies. Selection is completed using a weighted rubric, and done by a third-party objective selection committee. We work diligently and intentionally to create a diverse and inclusive community of scholarship recipients – that not only accurately represents the population we aim to serve, but reaches the marginalized of the marginalized.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the deadline for submitting my application?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed monthly for Certificate/Training Program and Vocational/Trade School. For 2-year & 4-year colleges/universities, applications are due:
- Spring: November 1
- Summer: April 1
- Fall: June 1
How much is the scholarship?
Awards vary in size. To date, our smallest award has been $161 and our largest award has been $10,000. Our average award is about $1,000. We take into consideration the cost of the program and your ability to pay according to your current reported finances and any financial aid.
What is the scholarship money for? Where is the award money sent?
Funds are primarily meant for tuition or educational expenses and awards are disbursed directly to the school/program. We recognize food insecurity, childcare, transportation and housing as barriers for success as a student. At times, we may additionally award monies to help remove such barriers.
Do I have to go to college?
No. Our scholarships are for individuals pursuing education as a vehicle to stable employment (new or improved). This includes those seeking a degree (Associates/Bachelors), a vocation or trade, or a certification/professional licensure (acknowledged by the state). If applicants are unsure if the certification/training program they are looking at is approved by the Foundation, they should send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I don’t meet your financial criteria? Can I still apply?
Household annual gross income should not exceed 250% of the federal poverty guideline. If living in a residential program, individual income must not exceed guidelines. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and extenuating circumstances will always be taken into consideration.
What if I am in recovery from a mental health disorder, an eating disorder, or other type of process disorder(s)?
Although we applaud you and celebrate your recovery, we currently only award scholarships to individuals in recovery from addiction. Applicants with dual diagnosis are encouraged to apply.
Why do I need references?
By awarding scholarships, we are investing in people and their recovery. Since we do not have an interview process, we require that every applicant provides references to help us get a clear picture of their character and their recovery.
Do I need to share my recovery story?
Yes, by accepting your scholarship award, you are also agreeing to share your recovery story. However, there are varying levels at which you can share your story. Our staff will work with you to identify your level of comfort and teach you how to tell your story in an empowering non-stigmatizing way (that does NOT violate 12-step traditions). Combatting the pervasive stigma surrounding addiction is an integral part of our mission. One of the most important and effective ways to do this is to share stories of recovery. We will never purposefully share your story beyond your level of comfort, keep in mind that as a Foundation that only supports individuals in recovery from addiction, by your very association with us, your anonymity cannot be guaranteed.
Who decides who gets a scholarship?
Applications are reviewed and scored by a third-party objective Scholarship Selection Committee. Our Committee is comprised of (at least) one community member, one member of the Foundation’s Advisory Council and one Ammon Recovery Scholar Alumni. All members of the committee are subject to conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.
Why was my application declined?
Most often, applications are declined for one of the following reasons:
- The applicant is not in recovery from addiction.
- The applicants course of study is not in our area of educational pathways.
- The applicant already has a bachelor’s degree / is going to graduate school.
- The applicant is outside the United States.
- The application is incomplete.
Also please keep in mind we have limited funds. Although we wish we could award every applicant, unfortunately we are simply unable to do so.