“I Am UNITE” Scholarships

“I Am UNITE” Scholarships provide high school seniors with $1,500 to be used for post-secondary education expenses. Funding for these scholarships comes from private, tax-deductible donations to UNITE.

These scholarships honor youth – whom we call UNITE Ambassadors – who have excelled not only during their senior year, but throughout much of their undergraduate careers by being champions for anti-drug efforts within their schools and communities. Recipients have provided peer mentorship, leadership, and community service; they serve as an inspiration to others. They are making a difference as a “Voice of Hope.”

The “I Am UNITE” Scholarship program was created in the spring of 2013.

2024-25 “I Am UNITE” Scholarship Application forms will become available around January 2025.

Through the 2023-24 school year, UNITE has awarded 264 scholarships to seniors in its service region worth $396,000.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Complete and sign an application. (Deadline is generally in mid-March).
  • Be a current or former member of a UNITE Club; have attended Camp UNITE as a camper or Team Mentor; and/or who have been directly impacted by substance misuse or that of a family member.
  • Attend school or live within UNITE’s 33-county service region.
  • 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.

“I Am UNITE” Scholarship Recipients