2018 Scholarship Applications Available

Scholarship application packets must be submitted no later than Friday, March 16, 2018.

Applications for the 2017-18 “I Am UNITE” Scholarships are being accepted through Friday, March 16, 2018.
Created by the UNITE Foundation, “I Am UNITE” Scholarships provide high school seniors $1,500 to be used for post-secondary education expenses. Funding for these scholarships come from proceeds of the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit and other private sources.
During the past five years (through the 2016-17 school year) the Operation UNITE Foundation has awarded 112 scholarships to high school seniors in its service region.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an “I Am UNITE” Scholarship, high school seniors must:

  • Complete a signed application. Download a 2017-18 application packet as PDF  pdf_icon_17x17.
  • Be a member of their school’s UNITE Club; have attended Camp UNITE as a camper, Junior Team Leader, or Team Leader; and/or been impacted (either directly or through their family) by substance abuse.
  • Attend school within UNITE’s 32-county service region. Click here to see counties.
  • Submit a typed Essay of 500 words or less detailing how they exemplify the theme “I Am UNITE.”
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 unweighted, or 3.75 weighted.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation (one from a school employee and one from a community member).
  • Provide a copy of their unofficial high school transcript.
  • Deadline to return all materials for 2017-18 school year is Friday, March 16, 2017.



2016-17 Scholarship Recipients

To view photos of scholarship presentations click here.

Hallea Barnhill, Knox Central High Shelby Jones, Shelby Valley High
McKenzie Bentley, Harlan County High Amber Leddington, Knox Central High
Haley Blakley, Harlan County High Natasha McQueen, Buckhorn School
Kaylee Brown, Bell County High Ethan Morton, Harlan Independent
Patricia Clem, Harlan County High Maranda Nichols, Breathitt County High
Faith Love Duff, Owsley County High Cole “Joseph” Nickell, Morgan County High
Tori Ellison, Corbin High Tucker Powers, Somerset High
Tanner Evans, Owsley County High Jessie Rapier, Corbin High
Ally Fisher, Somerset Christian Dalton Rowe, Rockcastle County High
Hannah Fugate, North Laurel High Emily Sellers, Southwestern High
Mason Isaac, Magoffin County High Megan Thompson, Prestonburg High
Sydney Jarvis, Clay County High  


Past Recipients

  • To see a list of recipients for the 2015-16 school year click here.
  • To view photos of the 2016 scholarship presentations click here.
  • To see a list of recipients for the 2014-15 school year click here.
  • To view photos from the 2015 Scholarship Awards Dinner click here.