The 2012 Bipolar Lives Scholarship is Now Open

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The 2012 Bipolar Lives Scholarship ( is now open. This is a $1,000 cash scholarship to be awarded based solely on merit. Founded in 2008, the scholarship is given annually to a US student who most eloquently communicates important information about bipolar disorder.

The 2012 Bipolar Lives Scholarship ( is now open for entry.

As in previous years, the $1,000 cash award will be made to the writer “who most eloquently communicates important information about bipolar disorder.”

The Bipolar Lives Scholarship as founded in 2008 by donor Sarah Freeman. According to Freeman “When I started reporting on scholarships for students with bipolar disorder or scholarships for essays dealing with mental health related issues, I was disappointed to learn there are surprisingly few. I founded the Bipolar Lives Scholarship to start addressing the gap.”

The scholarship is merit based. To be eligible for the 2012 Bipolar Lives Scholarship you must be over 21 years of age on July 1, 2011, and be enrolled or enrolling in a US college, community college, technical college, or trade school.

Freeman says the judging panel has started receiving some entries for 2012 and that so far the quality is outstanding.

“We have already published three of the most interesting entries for 2012 on the website and are delighted to be off to such a strong start.

“This year we are seeing a trend towards essays with a strong practical focus. For example, we have an entry with some useful and realistic tips on how to obtain disability payments for those who cannot work, and also a great overview of using an innovative therapy approach called functional training. We even have a wonderful guide to using technology to manage bipolar disorder entitled My Life as a Bipolar Cyborg.”

Entry is free - there are no application fees of any kind. For the 2012 scholarship, applicants will post their submissions directly on the Bipolar Lives website. The winning submission will be featured permanently on the website and be given its own webpage.

Both undergraduate students and students seeking a graduate degree are eligible. A complete list of the rules and submission requirements for the 2012 scholarship is available on the Bipolar Lives website ( ( is a leading website on the disorder, providing a unique mix of personal stories, up to date research and practical tools. For additional information, contact Sarah Freeman or visit the 2012 Bipolar Lives Scholarship at


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