To shine a brighter light on the challenges of living with a mental illness, the attorneys at DRK Attorneys created a new $1,000 scholarship to support one recipient’s academic dreams. In its first year, the firm awarded the scholarship to Lacey B., who attends college in Phoenix, where she is studying Elementary Education and Special Education. In addition, DRK Attorneys also recognized two honorable mentions: Samantha L. of Washington and Hannah M. of Memphis.
Designed for a student entering or enrolled at a college in the United States, the scholarship application included a personal essay and application form; in addition, recipients must have a diagnosed and documented mental illness and must be currently under the care of a licensed mental health professional. DRK Attorneys is recognized nationally for its support and services for individuals and families struggling with mental illness.
“Living with mental illness and succeeding in an academic environment can be incredible challenges that most people never stop to think about,” said Anthony DeLuca, DRK Attorneys. “We wanted to recognize this very important issue and to acknowledge some super stars who are making their dreams come true thanks to determination, resilience and intelligence.”
Lacey, who is challenged with ADHD and nonverbal learning disability, wrote that, “My disability does not hold me back. It has inspired me to work harder than anyone else, dream bigger, and become bold. Through my challenges, I have developed character and resilience. I see my disability as my gift to change the world and make a difference by becoming a special education teacher who inspires students to dream and find passion for learning.”
The honorable mention scholarship applicants discussed their ability to overcome challenges such as PTSD, anxiety, agoraphobia, depression, bullying and other issues.
Application materials for the 2016 scholarship will be available on our scholarship page later this year.