Essential Need Scholarship 

The goal of each Essential Need Scholarship is to decrease the impact addiction has on children by increasing stability in the home environment.
 
Families in the early stages of addiction recovery face many unique financial hardships that negatively impact the recovery process and make long-term success feel more challenging.
 
Although many support programs already exist to help families in financial need, these community resources can be limited in scope and often don’t address the particular needs of a family in addiction recovery. 
 
We believe awarding small grants for issues that impact safety, health, job security, or other unexpected essential expense, make the home environment feel more secure. By alleviating a financial crisis for the parent, we help to create a space that feels more safe for the children. 
 
Visit the NACoA website to read more about the family recovery process. (Family Addiction Recovery)

Eligibility & Qualifying Circumstances

As a non-profit, we have unique criteria that must be met in order to be considered for a scholarship from this program. Our funding requires that all scholarships awarded for this program, fit the program's goal of decreasing the impact addiction has on children. To help determine if you qualify for a scholarship here are a few of the things we consider. 
 
         Eligibility 
  • Applicant is a parent in recovery from addiction with access to their children.                                           (parental rights have not been terminated)
  • Or, you are raising (financially/legally responsible) for a child who has been impacted by a parent's addiction.
  • Applicant has a child/ren in the age range we serve (0 -12 yrs). 
  • Applicant and their child/ren are Utah residents.
  • Applicants are expected to seek out existing resources before applying for a scholarship with us. 
  • The financial need is not chronic in nature. 
         Qualifying Circumstances
  • Applicant is experiencing a specific need that cannot reasonably be met through existing services/programs (e.g. temporary assistance from family/church, community programs, government programs, etc.)
  • The financial need has an impact on a dependant age child's environment & wellbeing.
  • Applicant is actively working toward long-term solutions for financial stability.                                               (e.g. seeking employment, job training, school, waitlists for housing etc.)
  • Applicant is actively working a program of recovery. (e.g. utilizing local support groups, following recommended treatment guidelines, volunteering, attending our Seven C's Workshop Series, etc.)
         Request an Application 
 
We understand that everyone's situation is unique, if you have eligibility questions or want to request an application, email lauren@rileyutah.org.
  • Request an application from lauren@rileyutah.org.
  • Complete/submit the application. 
  • A member of our team will contact applicant to ensure we have all the information we need.
  • Applicant will submit any additional information. (If requested) 
  • Applicant will submit a Letter of Recommendation. (Details are provided at the bottom of the application)
          Review Process 
  • Completed applications are reviewed at the monthly board meeting. 
  • Our board meetings are typically held the 3rd Friday of each month, however this is subject to change. 
  • We are unable to expedite the review process. 
  • Applications missing any requested information will NOT be reviewed at that time. 

The Importance of Providing Scholarships 

Addiction is a Family Disease When someone develops an addiction it has a profound impact on everyone around them, especially their immediate family members. And when an individual enters recovery, the rest of their family does as well. This process of transitioning from active addiction to long-term recovery can take years and is a time of massive change and stress. It is during this period of vulnerability that families need more forms of support, including financial, while they build a family foundation that is consistently stable and not as easily thrown off track by normal life difficulties.
 
Donate Our scholarship program is financed through the generous donations we receive throughout the year.  If you would like to make a donation to our scholarship program visit our donation page and write "scholarships" in the comments when making your contribution.