Addiction Resource Scholarship

Addiction Resource Scholarship awards $3,000 in scholarships each year to students who share their vision for an addiction-free world.

Addictive substances abuse has killed more people than every American war combined, and more than 10 times over. Many victims of drug addictions feel as though they are fighting a war themselves.

Through the years, millions of lives have been damaged due to drug abuse and addiction. In the US, there are an estimated 3.6 million people who are addicted to some form of drug, whether for recreation or by prescription. These include people who accidentally become dependent, and eventually addicted to painkillers like Opioids.

With the AddictionResource Scholarship, we want to challenge current and prospective college students to share their story on how we can make the world addiction-free.

Scholarship Details and Awards

Current Application Period is Over. The next application period begins on September 21st, 2017.

Every year, we select three winners in the essay contest. The winners will receive awards toward their tuition at their respective colleges and universities. The winning applicants for first, second and third place receive scholarships in the amounts of $2,000, $700 and $300, respectively. The scholarship awards may only be used to pay for college tuition and/or education-related expenses. There are no costs associated with submitting an application for this scholarship.

Scholarship Deadlines is currently  does not accept scholarship applications.

The application deadline was May 31, 2017, at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

The next application period starts on:  September 21st, 2017

Eligibility and Details

The Scholarship essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18 years old or older. Applicants must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in a college or university located within the United States or in the District of Columbia.  Only one (1) submission per student is allowed.

To apply for the Scholarship, all you need to do is share your vision for a drug-free world. 

Applicants must submit a typed essay (1,000–1,500 words) answering the following questions:

  • Why do you see drug abuse and addiction as a problem for individuals and society?
  • What is the best way for society to overcome the issue of drug abuse, and why?
  • What would an addiction-free world look like, and how would it differ from the world today?
  • What message do you have for current addicts?

The essay must include the word count and be signed with a full name (both first and last name), along with the applicant’s email address, phone number, and permanent address.

The winning applicants will be determined based on the essay content, style and originality. Judges are looking for logically organized and well-supported essays.

How to Apply

Winner Notification

  • The top three finalists, as selected by the judges, will be notified via email.
  • Winners will be announced to the public at


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  • Ann M Sparks
    Are there scholarships available for 2019-2020?
  • Brittany Bailey
    I was once an addict and have turned my life around. I’m looking to share my life story in exchange for scholarships for college
  • melanie
    I am requesting information on any of your drug rehab facilities that may offer scholarships. My son is desperately seeking a way to get help, but he is unemployed and can not afford treatment. We are most interested in a holistic approach if possible, but not mandatory. Thank you in advance for your help.
  • Elizabeth Calzada-Smith
    Good morning,I currently work in supportive housing and the population I work with is the aging in place, I would like information on how to support and guide the elderly population to become aware of how their using of substances is affecting their overall health and level of functioning.
  • Lisa York
    Hello, I was wondering if there was a scholarship for the 2019/2020 school year?