Essential Need Scholarship 

The goal of our scholarship program 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 unique financial hardships that negatively impact the healing 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 that help families address a financial crisis (or avoid one) make the home environment feel more secure. By alleviating an excessive financial worry for the parent, we help to create a space that feels safer for the children and reinforce the parent’s sobriety efforts. Recovery is a process the entire family goes through and we want families to have accesses to resources that make the recovery transition a little easier.

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 early addiction recovery with custody or visitation rights.
  • Applicant is a legal guardian, parental rights have not been terminated.
  • 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.

          Qualifying Circumstances

  • The financial need is not chronic in nature.

  • Applicant has exhausted other avenues of support.

  • The financial need is impacting the family’s health, safety, job security etc.

  • Resolving the financial need would improve the quality of the home environment for the children.

  • Applicant is working toward a long-term solution to their financial issues.

  • Applicant is working an active program of recovery.

         Request an Application 
 
We ask that the individual who intends to apply for the scholarship contact us for information. We will not discuss potential applicants with a third party. 
  • 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)

We understand that everyone's situation is unique, if you have eligibility questions or want to request an application, email lauren@rileyutah.org.

          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.  

      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.