Voices of Hope Scholarships

Celebrating the dedication of students impacted by substance use disorder

Ashley, our first ever recipient of the scholarship

"The Voices of Hope Scholarship really helped me financially during my senior year. Costs add up, but should not prevent someone from furthering their education! I am set to graduate May 12, 2018 with a Bachelor of Social Work. I have a 4.0 GPA in the social work program and a 3.93 overall GPA since returning to college in 2015. This is proof that the brain rewires and still works!

My family is just ecstatic. They were caught up in the path of destruction that active addiction created. Now, they get to rejoice in my long term recovery success and professional success. I had people that said, “you'll end up right back out there using like everyone else."  I say this because we have stigma and critics everywhere, but instead of letting them destroy our dedication, hard work, and dreams, we should prove them wrong! Never give up, no matter what. We can get overwhelmed very easily, so remember personal recovery comes first and a healthy balance in life is a good practice. I started out slow when I returned to college in 2015. Practicing good self-awareness is crucial.

I celebrated 4 years clean in January. I take special interest in organizations that advance the rights of individuals in recovery. I will forever be grateful to VOH! Thank you for accepting my challenge and bringing the scholarship back for another year."

This year Voices of Hope has not only accepted Ashley's challenge to bring the Living Proof Scholarship back, we have added the Living Proof: Next Generation Scholarship. While the Living Proof Scholarship is for a person in long-term recovery, the Next Generation Scholarship is for a high school senior who has been impacted by substance use disorder of a family member.

Scholarship presented by UK HealthCare

Scholarship

Voices of Hope's Scholarship is a $1,000 award for a student in long-term recovery who is currently enrolled at a trade school, college or university in central Kentucky.

Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2018. Any applications received after June 15, 2018 will not be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Been in recovery for one or more years
2. Completed at least one semester as a full-time student enrolled in a trade school, college or university in Fayette County or a contiguous county (eligible institutions will have a regularly scheduled curriculum, a regular faculty, and an enrolled body of students in attendance)
3. Good academic standing (minimum of 2.5 GPA)
4. Realistic plan to cover remaining education expenses
5. Available to accept award at Hope & Remembrance: An Overdose Awareness Day Event on August 25, 2018 and be featured in promotional materials related to the scholarship
6. US citizen or resident alien

Application Components

1. Official transcript from your learning institution as proof of enrollment and verification of GPA
2. Essay addressing the following prompts (up to 1000 words):
- What does recovery mean to you?
- What do you do to sustain your recovery?
- What are your long-term career goals?

Scholarship presented by AT&T

Next Generation Scholarship

The Next Generation Scholarship will be awarded to two high school seniors in central Kentucky who have been impacted by addiction ($1,000 each) and are planning to enroll in a trade school, college or university in central Kentucky.

Applications will be accepted through September 1, 2018. Any applications received after September 1, 2018 will not be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Age 18 by August 15, 2018
2. Personally impacted by addiction:  In recovery for at least one year and/or has an immediate family member with a substance use disorder
3. Registered for the upcoming academic year at a trade school, college or university. Eligible institutions will have a regularly scheduled curriculum, a regular faculty, and an enrolled body of students in attendance.
4. Resident of Fayette County or a bordering county
5. US citizen or resident alien

Application Components

1. Official transcript from your learning institution as proof of enrollment and verification of GPA
2. Copy of your acceptance letter to an eligible institution
3. A 1,000 word essay that addresses the following questions
- How has addiction impacted you personally?
- What does recovery mean to you?
- What are your long-term career goals?