Operation UNITE has awarded 23 “I Am UNITE” scholarships to students in the Class of 2019.

These scholarships honor youth – whom we call UNITE Ambassadors – who have excelled not only this 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.”
Created during the spring of 2013, “I Am UNITE” Scholarships provide high school seniors $1,500 to be used for post-secondary education expenses. Funding for these scholarships comes from private, tax-deductible donations to UNITE.
Over the past six years, Operation UNITE has awarded 157 scholarships to high school seniors in its service region through the 2018-19 school year.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Complete a signed application (available around February 1, 2020)
  • 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 eligible 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.



“I Am UNITE” Scholarship Recipients