New Scholarship for Leaders of Bipolar Lives

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The Bipolar Lives Scholarship is a new scholarship created specifically with the bipolar community in mind. Many people with bipolar disorder are extremely talented but fail to realize their potential. The $500 cash award is intended to provide practical support for seekers of higher education.

What do you do when you want to let the bipolar community know about scholarships for people with bipolar disorder, but soon discover that support for bipolar students is still far too rare? Why donate a scholarship yourself of course.

The Bipolar Lives Scholarship is a new scholarship, created when journalist Sarah Freeman added a webpage on bipolar scholarships to the Bipolar Lives website, but found only a handful of suitable awards existed. "I was shocked and saddened by the lack of support and realized I could do something directly". According to scholarship donor Sarah Freeman, "Bipolar disorder is in the news constantly right now. This has done a lot of good in terms of raising awareness and shattering some of the myths about bipolar. However, this new awareness needs to be matched by practical measures that encourage and support the bipolar community. Many people with bipolar disorder are extremely talented but fail to realize their potential. Higher education seems like the right place to focus on."

The Bipolar Lives Scholarship is an annual award, and submissions for the inaugural prize opened on July 4, 2008. The scholarship encourages research, reflection, and creativity in communicating important information about bipolar disorder. According to the scholarship organizers from, there is a shortage of higher education scholarships for mental health service consumers, and the scholarship will provide useful assistance for applicants who are enrolled in a US college, community college, or a technical or trade school.

The scholarship, which is free to apply for, offers a cash award of $500.00.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and studying in the United States. They must submit an original essay, article, or multimedia work in one of the stipulated formats on an important issue related to bipolar disorder. This may be a factual piece based on established research, or may be drawn from personal experience. Suggested topics include bipolar treatments, bipolar symptoms, the bipolar spouse, relationships and bipolar disorder, lithium, diet and bipolar, and many others. A complete list of suggested topics and submission requirements appears on the Bipolar Lives website. The winner will be selected on merit and chance plays no part.

For additional information on the Bipolar Lives Scholarship, contact Sarah Freeman or visit

Bipolar Lives is one of the Internet's leading sites on bipolar disorder, and provides a unique blend of the latest research, effective bipolar management tools and techniques, and personal stories about conquering manic depression.


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