Spring 2024 College Scholarship

Addictions Scholarship Contest

Rehab Scholarships — Find Help Paying for Drug and Alcohol Recovery

What is a rehab scholarship?

A rehab scholarship is when the drug or alcohol treatment program waives either a portion of its costs (partial scholarship) or up to 100% of its treatment costs (full scholarship) for applicants in need. Rehab grant funds, on the other hand, are issued directly to addiction treatment and mental health programs, then disseminated among clients. Mandated by Congress, these noncompetitive grant funds make it possible for many programs to offer financial aid. As is the case with most assistance programs, there are stipulations for funding.

What scholarships/grants are available to help you access addiction treatment?

Here are some important details about rehab scholarships:

  • Rehab facilities set aside a certain amount of income each year to offer scholarships. Financial aid is offered until all the allotted money is used.
  • Rehab scholarships are generally needs-based. That means aid is only offered to those who are under- or uninsured and have no other financial means or assets to pay for treatment.
  • For additional funding support, rehab scholarships can be combined with private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid if those plans do not cover 100% of treatment costs.
  • Not every rehab program offers scholarships. That means you’ll need to do some online research, create a list of rehabs in your area, then call each facility to ask if they offer scholarships.
How to apply for drug and alcohol rehab scholarships?

Finding a rehab scholarship doesn’t need to be difficult. Start by browsing our treatment directory and making a list of programs that suit your needs. Next, call each facility on your list and ask if they offer rehab scholarships.

For rehabs that offer scholarships, ask for details on their application process. Some programs have an intake manager who can take your information and application over the phone, some allow you to apply online, and some require you to apply in person.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Be prepared to explain your personal story and why you need financial assistance to access addiction treatment services.
  • Gather and be prepared to share personal and financial documents (i.e., proof of income, checking and savings account balances, monthly expenses, proof of insurance coverage, etc.)
  • Understand that competition for rehab scholarships is fierce; that means you may have to submit numerous applications before getting a positive response.
Who offers scholarships for people seeking recovery?
  • Individual rehabs are independently run and commonly provide scholarships to cover the cost of one of their programs. The scholarship amount depends on the treatment center and available funds.
  • Corporations (both for-profit and nonprofit) that own and operate rehab facilities sometimes offer treatment scholarships to cover the cost of their programs.
  • Nonprofit organizations, including religious rehab facilities, often offer scholarships for those admitted to their treatment programs. Providing free or affordable treatment is typically their focus.

Spring 2024 College Scholarship Application

$2,250 In College Scholarships To Be Awarded

Spring 2024 Scholarship Contest

Are you a full-time college student in the U.S.? Do you have a passion for raising awareness about the dangers associated with substance abuse and addiction?

If you answered “yes” to both questions, you’ll want to enter the Scholarship Contest. Three scholarships will be awarded to qualified college students who write the winning essays (for first, second, and third places).

By providing financial assistance to help pay for books, tuition, or daily expenses, we hope to encourage more students to get involved and become advocates who will raise awareness about the risks and dangers of addiction.

How To Enter

  • Review Eligibility: Before entering the contest, review the Terms/Conditions requirements and the rules and regulations below to make sure you qualify.
  • Complete Application: Complete the contest application form below providing all required information.
  • Submit: Once your essay is written, save as a Word Doc or PDF and submit with your scholarship contest application.

Essay Topic And Guidelines

Essay must be submitted with the application, which should include the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, college (including the date of graduation), and student ID number.

  • All entries must be typed, double-spaced, and saved as a Word Doc or PDF.
  • Do not add pictures or graphics
  • Essays that do not meet the word count requirement will be eliminated. (The essay title or added references / footnotes do not contribute to the total word count.)
  • A contestant’s teacher, counselor, or parent may check the essay for punctuation, grammar, and/or spelling, but the essay MUST BE the original work of the student making the submission.
  • Contestants will be judged based solely on their essay.


  • People commonly experience addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. How can substance abuse negatively impact someone’s mental health (and/or vice versa)?

Rules And Regulations

  • Essay must be the original work of the contestant. Plagiarism will automatically disqualify your entry.
  • Contest awards and decisions are final unless an entrant is disqualified.
  • Essay submissions that do not meet the requirements (listed above) or sent after the application deadline will not be considered.
  • Essay award winners grant the right to use their essay content in connection with this contest, marketing efforts, and publication of the essay, as well as the right to use the winners’ names and/or identifying information to promote the contest.
  • will read and judge each eligible essay submitted on time; essays submitted after the deadline will not be accepted or read.
  • Contest prizes (scholarship award monies) can be revoked after awards are given if entrants are discovered to be ineligible or found to have broken contest rules.
  • reserves the right to change the submission deadline to an earlier deadline if application submissions greatly exceed the number projected. Prospective applicants should enter as early as possible.
  • Should have to change any contest rules, we will notify participants via email. If participants are dissatisfied with changes, they may retract their submission.
  • All federal, state, and local charges or taxes on prizes must be paid by award winners.
  • Essay submissions for this contest become property of to be used and reproduced.


Please complete the application form, attach your entry essay in Word doc or PDF format, and submit.

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