Alan Bowman's Sack the Stigma Scholarship

Sack the Stigma Scholarship Overview

Total amount: $1,000           Number of awards: 1

Deadline: December 31      Open to: High school, college and graduate students 

Sack the Stigma Scholarship Details

As an athlete and student, Alan Bowman is no stranger to the stressors and pressure that often come with navigating college and extracurricular responsibilities, and how all of these factors can have a negative impact on student mental health.

Mental health is a topic that seems to be overlooked by society today, especially for men and athletes. There's a stigma that all men must be strong and tough not only physically, but also emotionally; we're taught to bottle our emotions and not openly discuss problems that we're going through. 

Like many other students, I have dealt with mental health issues throughout my college career, and I'm so grateful for the support from the amazing people in my corner. Because of that, I urge you not to walk alone on your journey. I'm here to help break this stigma and prove that sometimes it's okay to not be okay. The more we talk about what we're going through, the easier it becomes to recognize we need help and utilize resources to do just that. 

I am super excited to be partnering with Access Scholarships to award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who recognizes the importance of speaking up about mental health, and is an advocate in their community for encouraging others to do the same. Together, we can Sack the Stigma!

Current high school, college and graduate students of all years are encouraged to apply below.

Sack the Stigma Scholarship: Apply Now!

Essay Question

In 500 words or less, please read and respond to ONE of the following prompts:

Prompt #1: Write an essay sharing your own mental health journey or the journey of someone close to you, and how you'd like to use these experiences (or how you're already using them) to positively impact others who are struggling. 

Prompt #2: Write a letter to your school advocating for increased initiatives to help increase awareness of and support student mental health. What should they start doing? Keep doing? 

Frequently asked questions AND important notes about this scholarship

Who can apply for the Sack the Stigma Scholarship?

The Sack the Stigma Scholarship is open to high school, college and graduate students of all years.

Students of all majors/areas of study are welcome to apply. 

What is the deadline to apply? Are there any exceptions?

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2023 at 11:59pm EST. Applications that are submitted after this date will not be considered.

What are the application requirements?

To apply, you must:

  • Fill out the application form above
  • Upload your written submission as a PDF (note: if your submission is not uploaded as a PDF file, it will not be considered)
Do I have to be a US citizen to apply?

This scholarship is open to US citizens/permanent residents, as well as DACA recipients and international students currently studying in the US

What is the breakdown of the scholarship award amounts?

One award in the amount of $1,000.

How is the scholarship winner chosen?

The winner will be chosen based on the quality and thoughtfulness of their written submission. 

If I win, how will I receive my scholarship?

If you are selected as a winner, you will be contacted by Access Scholarships via email or phone number to have your scholarship check sent to you.

If I have questions about the scholarship or about my application, who can I contact?

Great question! If you have questions about the Sack the Stigma Scholarship, please do the following:

  1. Read through all of the FAQ questions to make sure your question is not answered above
  2. If your question has not been answered in the above FAQ, feel free to reach out to [email protected].

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