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At Jade Recovery, community improvement is a key part of our mission. We are pleased to partner with NextStep solutions in providing these scholarship opportunities to the next generation of therapists, researchers, and individuals with a passion to make a difference. We believe it’s important to help the next generation of professionals who will pioneer change and industry improvement. This is our first annual scholarship competition and award and it is our goal to continue to expand this program over the coming years.

The scholarship is for college applicants or students interested in pursuing a degree related to behavioral health. The scholarship is an essay contest, with the winner receiving a $2,000 scholarship and the runner-up receiving a $1,000 scholarship. 

If you’re interested in applying for this scholarship, please submit an essay not longer than 1,000 words describing why you feel passionate about mental health and addiction treatment, and your professional aspirations. We accept personal narrative essays that include a medical point of view and those with a specific clinic experience focus.

We welcome any applicant with a compelling story of recovery, whether their own or as a witness to that of another person. Jade Recovery especially looks forward to reading the personal motivations of those looking to work in and improve this industry.

How to Apply?

All submissions essays must be emailed to  Please use the subject line: “Scholarship Application – 2019”. Please attach your essay in the body of the email as a pdf document. In the body of the email, please describe yourself and the college or university that you’re attending in less than 500 words. While the scholarship is based on the essay, the body of your email may be considered in a close contest. 

Upon submission, you’ll receive an automatic reply acknowledging receipt of your application. 

Eligibility Criteria

All scholarship applicants must be a permanent citizen or resident of the United States who have enrolled or received acceptance at an accredited university or college to earn a healthcare degree. Additionally, the winner must consent to the display of an online photograph and provide a quote for use on the website of Jade Recovery and NextStep Solutions. We do accept applications from high school seniors close to graduation who have been accepted to an accredited college or university.

 Official Terms and Conditions for The Jade Recovery Scholarship Program


Citizens and legal residents of the United States age 18 or older may complete an application.  Applicants don’t need to make a purchase to participate, but they must intend to enroll or currently attend an accredited college to earn a healthcare-related degree.

The winner of this scholarship must abide by local, state, and federal regulations. It’s not available in areas with laws prohibiting it. Employees of the scholarship sponsor, its parent companies, and all immediate family members cannot apply.

Entrance Requirements

The scholarship committee must receive completed applications by 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2019. Each person may only apply once. The scholarship committee will disallow entries made by automated systems. Applicants must prepare essays in English and not go over 500 words. Obscene, illegible, or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants shouldn’t expect to receive essays back because they become the sponsor’s property upon submission. All applicants must submit eligibility proof upon request.

The sponsor bears no responsibility for applications that don’t arrive due to technical issues. Submission of an entry implies agreement with the Scholarship Program’s Terms and Conditions.

Winning Entry Selection Criteria

All essays will receive points based on the following criteria and percentages:

  • Creativity, 20 percent
  • Demonstrated interest in theme of essay, 30 percent
  • Inspiration, 20 percent
  • Writing skills, 10 percent

The decision of the Scholarship Committee is final and cannot be challenged or changed.

Contest Prize

The essay contest winner receives a $1,000 scholarship that he or she may spend on books, fees, supplies, or tuition required for a healthcare degree program at an accredited school. The scholarship winner may not transfer the prize unless authorized by the Sponsor.

Winning applicants must pay any federal, local, or state taxes due on the prize if applicable or other expenses that arise from acceptance of the scholarship. Because the $1,000 amount exceeds the IRS threshold of $600 to receive a miscellaneous income statement, the Scholarship Committee will issue one at the end of the year. This will require the winner to provide his or her social security number and a minimum number of other personal details.

Claiming the Prize

The sponsor will notify winners by email and forward a publicity release at that time. Winning applicants must sign the release to receive the reward. The Scholarship Committee may verify age, proof of enrollment, or eligibility at its discretion. Award winners must accept the prize within five days of notification by returning the signed affidavits. Failure to do so results in disqualification. Payment will go directly to the financial aid office of the school the student attends or plans to attend.

Resolution of Disputes

By participating in this scholarship contest, applicant agrees to abide by all laws governing it established and enforced by the state of Colorado. He or she further agrees that any action related to this program can only be filed in Colorado and that applying for the scholarship implies consent to allow local courts to litigate legal actions. Further, the applicant agrees to the following provisions except where prohibited by law:

(a) To resolve any Scholarship Program disputes individually and not resort to forming a class action lawsuit; and

(b) To accept awards, judgments, and claims to cover actual costs only, including participation in this contest but not legal fees; and

(c) Not claim any type of consequential, incidental, or punitive damages or seek to have actual damages increased. If applicant lives in a jurisdiction that doesn’t enforce this provision, it won’t apply to him or her.

If a dispute arises regarding eligibility or identity of the award winner based on the provided email address, the authorized account holder of that email address will declare the winning application. An authorized account holder must be 18 or older. The Sponsor may require the scholarship winner to provide proof that another party has the authority to use the email account submitted with the entry.

Cancellation of Contest

At its discretion, the Scholarship Committee may cancel or amend the contest or disqualify any applicant who doesn’t follow the stated entry process.

General Information

Application to the Scholarship Program implies agreement with the following:

(1) All Terms and Conditions.

(2) Release of Sponsor from liability for harm caused directly or indirectly by participating in this contest, including invasion of privacy, delivery of merchandise, defamation of character, or misuse of prize.

(3) Permission to use the name, picture, voice, and likeness of winning applicant to advertise on any medium worldwide without the expectation of review or compensation.

(4) Permission to use responses from the entry for promotional purposes with the same provisions as above.

(5) The Scholarship Committee owns all responses and data collected through this program.

(6) The Sponsor may choose to discontinue or modify this program if it becomes aware of an equality or security issue. Sponsor also retains the right to disqualify any individual who doesn’t qualify or abide by these Terms and Conditions.

(1) The applicant won’t attempt to qualify for this program in any way not included in the original Terms and Conditions.

(2) The applicant won’t try to work around Terms and Conditions or disrupt this program in any way.

(3) Understand that all Sponsor decisions are final and that the Terms and Conditions outlined here are binding.

Release and Liability

Participation in this program means that the applicant holds Sponsor harmless from any claim that arises due to his or her participation. These include:

  • Any technical or printing errors
  • Death to others or injury to self because of direct or indirect participation in this contest
  • Program administration errors
  • Unauthorized intervention in the contest

The Sponsor is not liable for legal fees in any situation. Applicants give up their right to claim any type of damage, including consequential, punitive, direct, or indirect. Additionally, the Sponsor holds no responsibility for typographical errors in program materials. This includes errors that may identify the wrong winner.

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Scholarship Committee such as fire or severe weather, it retains the right to cancel or modify this program without notice or any further obligation to applicants who have already applied. At its discretion, the sponsor may also choose to review the applications it has received to date and award the prize based on that applicant pool.

Use of Personal Information

The Scholarship Committee doesn’t disclose information provided to applicants to other organizations without the consent of each applicant. However, the Sponsor may use provided information for advertising, internal, and promotional purposes as well as send applicants information about its other products and services.

Submitting an entry grants the Sponsor the legal right to post the name, hometown, and likeness on its website without providing compensation or requiring a review from the scholarship winner. All contest entrants have the right to unsubscribe from receiving additional information from the Sponsor.

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