The Brighter Future Scholarship aims to help students pursue their dreams and passions. A brighter future starts with today’s youth and Mountainside Treatment Center wants to enable young people to overcome their struggles. To qualify, applicants share essays about their addiction or their loved one’s addiction and how it has affected their life, raising awareness and highlighting the reality of this disease. Explore essays from past winners below.
“I tried my best to pretend that everything was ordinary, but I could not deny the drastic shift I felt in my family. The late-night arguments, the random bursts of anger, his belligerent speeches, and verbal attacks became my new normal. Day by day, my idea of a family drifted.”
“Dealing with mental health at a young age is the most damaging thing I’ve experienced. I would know because I have a list. Yeah, I know. Why would I have a list of the most damaging things I’ve gone through? Easy question to answer…”
“This experience has made me realize that those who can overcome addiction or substance abuse should not be looked down upon! Others often look down upon these people, for they think the addiction is a sign of weakness…”
“At one point or another, we have all experienced periods of emotional distress. While being a universal experience, the taboo nature of mental illness and discussions of mental health can make a very common situation seem abnormal.”