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DRS’ Scholarship

DRS is devoted to helping individuals affected by substance use. We also believe that everyone should have a chance to receive higher education. We are excited to announce our scholarship program to honor both above commitments.

Our first selectee Annee Grayson, inspired our organization to name our scholarship after her late brother Gabriel “Gabe” Jenks, who passed away due to fentanyl poisoning. We honor his memory through our commitment to helping those affected by substance use.

Award Details

The DRS Scholarship will award $1,000 to the winner. This will be distributed per your school’s financial aid policies.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for our scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full-time college or university student (individuals taking 12 credits – about four classes each semester).
  • Be at least 18 years old.

Scholarship Details

The DRS Scholarship is an essay submission format. Individuals submit an essay in adherence to the guidelines below. The DRS Team will review these essays, and the scholarship will be awarded to the best essay that meets all submission guidelines. This scholarship will be awarded annually with a different essay topic each year.

2024 Scholarship Essay Contest Details

This year’s Scholarship essay will focus on personal experience and encourage individuals to share their stories about how drug and alcohol use has affected their lives. It will also call on applicants to share their viewpoints on why substance use has become so prevalent in the United States and what can be done to improve it.

Essay Topic:

Explain in as much detail as you are comfortable with how drug and alcohol use has affected your life. Substance use is far-reaching, so this is not solely for individuals who have struggled with drugs and alcohol personally. You may also explain how the substance use of those close to you has impacted your life. Conclude your essay with your personal viewpoints on how drug and alcohol use has become so prevalent in the United States, and share what you think should be done to improve it.

Essay Guidelines:

  • It must be an original essay.
  • Keep essay length between 1000-1500 words.
  • The essay must include personal experience, individual viewpoints on our nation’s drug epidemic, and one’s own ideas on how to make things better.

Judgment Criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Relevancy
  • Completeness
  • Overall Quality

Submission Guidelines:

  • Please send all essays to Scholarship@addicted.org along with your name and the College/University you attend.
  • Essays must be sent from your College / University email address.
  • Submission Deadline – July 1st 2024. awarded to the winner in August for the Fall Semester.

Note on the use of AI:

We want to hear real stories and get unique viewpoints on this topic. Therefore, using AI to write any part of your essay will automatically disqualify you from consideration for this scholarship. We run all submissions through AI detection software to ensure a person writes the winning essay.

Scholarship Winners

Inaugural Selectee 2023

Annee Grayson of Arizona State University

Annee Grayson is a PhD student at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on long-term educational and career outcomes for youth involved in the justice system, especially those with emotional and behavioral disorders. She lives in Arizona with her husband, foster child, and cats. Annee is inspired by her faith and family, and strives to honor the memory of her brother, whom she recently lost to fentanyl poisoning.

Read Annee’s Submission