Scholarships For Children With Addict Parents
An unfortunate but true fact is that alcoholism and drug addiction have obvious and well documented effects on not only the substance abusers physical health and spirit but also on those around them, particularly the children. Studies show that at least one in five Americans has lived with an addict at some point in their childhood and are likely to either marry an alcoholic or abusive spouse later in life, or develop a drug or alcohol addiction, or will experience difficulty dealing with stress.
The effects of parental alcoholism and drug addiction can play out long after childhood and well into adulthood and will, to some extent, create feelings of poor self-image, feelings of helplessness, anxiety, fear of abandonment, chronic depression, and a host of behavioral and developmental disorders in children.
Addiction impacts a family’s psychological wellbeing, physical health, and finances, and children in this type of an environment are oftentimes exposed to various serious illegal activities such as lying, stealing, and sexual misconducts, through outright intimidation or emotional manipulation, or being forced to pick up the slack for their addict parent and make excuses for their behavior.
There is hope for such children, who have proven time and time again that they are resilient in the face of adversity and given a chance, they can achieve great things in life. Community-based initiatives such as Willy the Plumber Scholarship Foundation, The New York Times College Foundation, ScholarCHIPS Fund, and Hope for Addiction Scholarship Programs are all privately run organization that understand the long-term effects of childhood neglect, financial stress, and repercussions of growing up with addicted parents or caregivers.
A scholarship program like The New York Times Company Foundation provides up to 10 awards, including a four-year scholarship, mentoring and an internship at The New York Times for bright students who are either living with addicted parents or homeless, but are in the top 10% of their class at a high school in the New York metropolitan area.
A great example of a success story is that of Yasmin Arrington, who founded the non-profit ScholarCHIPS organization that provides college scholarships and mentoring to graduating high school seniors who have a parent(s) in prison and are pursuing their college degree.
Willy, the Plumber Scholarship Foundation, was set up by Willy, who came up with this Scholarship idea while serving time for the attempted criminal homicide of a police officer. While incarcerated, his children struggled a lot with the costs of college, and now this former inmate has been changing lives using his plumbing business and help from community donations. Williamson was able to start this foundation and has so far provided over $3,500 in scholarship funds since 2013 for college students of inmates in Utah.
Poverty and instability may push aside any hope and breakthrough for bright children living with addict parent(s), but once in a while, a great opportunity comes along in the form of scholarship awards that change the lives of such deserving children.