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Mountainside Brighter Future College Scholarship

*Scholarship applications for the 2023-24 school year are now closed*. Please watch this space or follow us on social media to be alerted of winners and/or new opportunities.

About This Scholarship

Addiction can impact people from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, sex, gender, or socioeconomic status. As part of our mission to end the stigma surrounding addiction and help those impacted by substance abuse lead happier, more fulfilling lives, we are offering the Mountainside Brighter Future College Scholarship. With this scholarship, we aim to help students pursue their dreams and passions. We know a brighter future starts with today’s youth and want to enable young people to overcome their struggles. Through a personal essay, applicants will share how their addiction or their loved one’s addiction has affected their life, raising awareness and highlighting the reality of this disease.

Award Information

  • Ten $1,000 awards at the high school level

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to high school juniors & seniors living and enrolled in schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, or New Jersey

How to Apply

*Scholarship applications for the 2023-24 school year are now closed*

  • Submit a 500 to 800 word essay that covers the following:
    • How has your own or a loved one’s addiction affected you?
    • How has it impacted your life in both a positive and negative way?
    • How has it changed your perspective on the disease of addiction?
    • How would receiving this scholarship help you in your future studies.

If you have any question regarding the Brighter Future College Scholarship, email brighterfuturescholarship@mountainside.com

Deadline for Submission

May 1, 2024

Winner Selection

Thank you to everyone who shared their story with the Brighter Future Scholarship. Congrats to our 2024 winners!

  • Claire Suttles – Nonnewaug High School
  • Lisa Jalakas – Darien High School
  • Mary Petitto – Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
  • Catherine Zeveney – Morris Hills High School
  • Joskar Yanes – Rahway High School
  • Isabel Ayala – New Rochelle High School
  • Paul Shannon – Hudson Falls High School
  • Vincent Cataldo – Sachem North High School
  • Willow Haggerty – Mahopac High School
  • N’Sayah Burgess – Upper Merion High School
  • Rowan Becker – High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Ryan Garvin – Holy Redeemer High School
  • Keandra Booker – Windsor High School


Need Inspiration?

View essays from past Brighter Future Scholarship winners!

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