The Ammon Foundation awards $48,000 in Scholarships for the Spring 2019 Semester
For Immediate Release
Linden, N.J. (January 9, 2019) – The Ammon Foundation, the philanthropic endeavor of Ammon Labs, announces that through its Ammon Recovery Scholars program, the organization has disbursed scholarships to 41 individuals in addiction recovery to offset the costs of attending school for the upcoming Spring 2019 semester. The majority of students awarded scholarships will attend traditional two and four-year colleges and universities and two of the scholarship recipients are enrolled in culinary school programs.
The Ammon Foundation believes in investing in recovery by awarding scholarships to cover tuition and remove financial barriers to continued education. The scholarships can also cover related expenses, as is the case for one California student, Josue, who is coming out of homelessness. His award will be allocated toward a few months of housing expenses in a new sober-living house.
This spring’s scholarship recipients range from non-traditional students like 60-year-old Walter, a first-time student who earned a 4.0 GPA last semester, to students like Alexandria, an individual in recovery who is currently incarcerated. As the first person in her family to take college courses, Alexandria described her scholarship award as “the best Christmas gift” and an amazing opportunity she will always be grateful for.
The Ammon Foundation has allocated a minimum of $100,000 annually for scholarships to support individuals in recovery pursuing education via GED/HSE, Certificate Program, Vocational/Trade School, and 2-year and 4-year Colleges/Universities. Through a competitive application process, individuals are granted financial assistance. For the period of mid-January to June, the Ammon Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $48,315.
The 41 Spring 2019 scholarship recipients are attending the following educational institutions: Adams State University, Anne Arundel Community College, Augsburg University, Bergen Community College, Camden County College, Delaware County Community College, Elijah’s Promise Culinary School, Eva’s Culinary School, Fairmont State University, Fullerton College, Georgia Southern University, J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Kean University (2), Kennesaw State University (3), Lone Star College, Mainstream Recovery, Middlesex County College, Montana State University, Ohio State University, Park University, Rowan College at Burlington County, Rutgers University (3), Stony Brook University, Suffolk Community College, Tarleton State University (3), UC Berkeley, University of Alabama, University of California San Diego, University of California, Berkeley, University Of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Oregon – College of Education, Family and Human Services Program, Virginia Commonwealth University and West Virginia University (2).
The Foundation launched in October 2016 as the philanthropic endeavor of Ammon Labs with the mission to empower individuals in addiction recovery through combating stigma and providing strategic support to enable personal success. Driven by the visionary leadership of Executive Director Mariel S. Hufnagel, the Ammon Foundation aims to realize its mission and vision through its two core programs: the Ammon Recovery Scholars Program and the Empowerment Workshop Program.
The Ammon Recovery Scholars Program offers financial scholarships to individuals in recovery to pursue education and guides recipients by providing academic, personal and professional support. The Empowerment Workshop Program employs an evidence-based and nationally recognized 6-module training program, to fulfill the goal of arming individuals with the vital life skills needed to bridge the gap between treatment and recovery. All workshops are facilitated by Certified Ammon Empowerment Coaches.
Scholarship recipients are integrated into the Ammon Recovery Scholars Program and will be offered free Peer Recovery Coaching and Professional Mentoring via the Ammon Foundations’ new Community Engagement Initiative.
“All the funds generated through donations to the Ammon Foundation directly impact the lives of individuals in addiction recovery,” said Mariel S. Hufnagel, Executive Director of the Ammon Foundation. “We are pleased to support 41 students across the country as they begin or continue their educational journeys this semester. We subscribe to the philosophy that when individuals in recovery are holistically supported to build purposeful lives, the likelihood of them maintaining their recovery substantially increases, and we are honored to help them take a significant step toward that goal.”
Each year, the Ammon Foundation hosts its annual Winter Reception as an integral part of its fundraising efforts and invites allies in the fight against addiction to invest in recovery by sponsoring or attending its Second Annual Winter Reception on February 23, 2019. For more information on sponsoring and attending the reception, visit: https://ammonfoundation.org/gala.
About the Ammon Foundation:
The Ammon Foundation launched in October 2016 as a philanthropic endeavor of Ammon Labs. Its mission is to provide strategic support to remove barriers for those in addiction recovery seeking to continue their education. Its headquarters in Linden, N.J. provides a place of hope for those that have suffered from addiction helping them to access, maintain and sustain long-term recovery through two core programs: Ammon Recovery Scholars and Empowerment Workshop Series. For more information about The Ammon Foundation visit www.ammonfoundation.org and for the latest news and updates follow The Ammon Foundation on: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ammonfoundation), Twitter (@AmmonFoundation), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/ammon-foundation/) and Instagram (@ammon_foundation).
R&J Strategic Communications