Even in an age where high school and college students share what seems to be every minute detail of their lives on social sites, the topic of suicide is still one that receives little attention. Tragically, the Jed Foundation reports that one in every ten college students has considered suicide at some point. As such, suicide prevention programs and volunteers are increasingly important. If you actively work toward promoting the cause of suicide prevention, or are considering making a career of it, there are many wonderful memorial scholarships that can help you pay for your education. Check out these great ways to finance your education while helping those who are most in need:
- Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award – Sponsored by the Jed Foundation, this award is available to college students who actively volunteer to raise awareness of student mental health and suicide prevention. The award provides $2,000 a year in financial aid for qualified students.
- Jonathan Davis Memorial Scholarship – This opportunity is available to James Madison University students who are earning a degree as specialists in suicide awareness and prevention. This scholarship provides $2,400 toward the cost of a degree in psychology.
- Elyssa’s Mission – Elyssa’s Mission has created a suicide prevention program called SOS Signs of Suicide to help students talk about and identify potential suicide-related issues. Seniors who complete the program are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.
- Drake Davis Scholarships – The Drake Davis Foundation, of Atlanta, provides from 4 to 10 scholarships every year in memory of a student and athlete who committed suicide. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must show outstanding character and leadership and must demonstrate a willingness to talk about suicide prevention and to reach out to others in need.