The Center for Students in Recovery Scholarships

The Center for Students in Recovery (CSR), through generous support from La Hacienda Treatment Center, the Beck Family, and the Perrin Family, has the following scholarships available to students in recovery each semester.

La Hacienda Treatment Center Awards

  • $1,500 (2 students)
  • $1,000 (1 student)
  • $500 (2 students)

Beck Family Award

  • $1,850 (1 student)

Scholarships not only provide an incentive for students to engage in a healthy recovery program, fellowship, and service, but serve as an acknowledgment and a reward for their hard work and resiliency. Our scholarships are holistic, awarding students based on a combination of academic achievement, financial need, and most importantly service and dedication to their fellow students in recovery.

All UT Austin students in recovery from addiction of any kind are highly encouraged to apply. If you have any questions or concerns about eligibility, please do reach out to us.

The scholarships I have received through the Center for Students in Recovery have allowed me to focus more on what is most important to me right now, my education. They have afforded me the opportunity to work less hours and focus more on school and being part of the recovery community, which contributes immeasurably to my wellbeing. Without this assistance, I believe I wouldn’t have learned as much or had the same opportunities during my time at the University of Texas.

– Tiffany C., CSR student scholarship recipient

Procedure

  1. If desired complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid provided by the University Office of Student Financial Services.
  2. Review the Center for Students in Recovery scholarship criteria
  3. Download and complete the Center for Students in Recovery Scholarship Application
  4. Complete your personal statement
  5. Return your completed and signed application form and personal statement VIA EMAIL to the Center’s Director by Friday, December 11 at 11:59pm CST as a PDF document. Email: larkin.cummings@austin.utexas.edu

Scholarship Requirements

While everyone is welcome at the Center, regardless of length of sobriety, academic stage, age, or enrollment status, we do have requirements for scholarship eligibility. Scholarships are awarded at the end of each long semester (Fall and Spring) and distributed at the start of the following semester. You must meet these minimum requirements to receive a scholarship:

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at UT Austin
  • Be committed to and practicing a pathway of recovery from addiction
  • Complete a CSR scholarship application and personal statement, and email it as a PDF to the Center’s Director by the deadline.
    • Your personal statement (no more than 500 words) will describe how scholarship funding will support your recovery and academic life, any financial need that you are experiencing, and how the Center for Students in Recovery has enhanced your college experience as a student in recovery.
  • Be able to demonstrate active participation in the recovery community (CSR preferred) during the semester in question across any of the following categories (does not need to be all categories):
    • CSR meetings and/or groups from the CSR weekly schedule
    • Longhorns For Recovery (the student organization) meetings, events, and service hours (including planning and preparation for events)
    • CSR outreach activities, including tabling, speaking on or off-campus, and other opportunities to share about CSR and your recovery journey
    • CSR sober social activities, such as parties, game nights, or tailgates
    • Community check-in participation and connecting with other CSR students (Including but not limited to: engagement with check-ins on the student GroupMe, before/after meeting fellowship, off campus fellowshipping, etc.)
    • Attendance at a conference or lecture related to addiction and recovery
    • Volunteering at the Center for Students in Recovery
    • Other recovery-related service work, either on or off-campus

Scholarship Types and Requirements for Awarding:

Multiple scholarships provided by La Hacienda are available for students who meet the scholarship requirements and complete an application on time, as funds are available.

Recipients of this scholarship type must complete the following follow-up criteria:

  • Write a minimum one-page thank you letter to the board of the funding institution, sharing information about your recovery and academic journeys in addition to expressing gratitude. Letters must be completed and emailed to the CSR Director within two weeks of receiving notification of the scholarship award.

The scholarship provided by the Beck Family is available each semester for students who meet the scholarship requirements and complete an application on time, as funds are available.

Recipients of this scholarship type must complete the following follow-up criteria:

  • Write a minimum one-page thank you letter to the board of the funding institution, sharing information about your recovery and academic journeys in addition to expressing gratitude. Letters must be completed and emailed to the CSR Director within two weeks of receiving notification of the scholarship award.
  • Be available for a brief (virtual) chat with the CSR Director and two members of the Beck family in order to share how this award has impacted and supported both recovery and academic life, and to together share the experience, strength, and hope, which is at the heart of recovery.



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