For the fourth year running, Letters to Strangers is offering two types of Letters to Strangers Mental Health Scholarships, with a total prize pool of about $10,000 this year (their largest yet!) and open to applicants from all countries.
The Mental Health Changemaker Scholarship (for all 13+ year olds) is designed for someone who is studying or planning to study something related to the mental health field or is an advocate in the industry. The Mental Health Changemaker Scholarship will have TEN winners total - one grand prize, one runner-up, and 8 finalists - ALL of which will receive a prize that can be used for tuition in a mental health-related field or for a personal project of mental health advocacy.
The Mental Health Warrior Scholarship (for all 18+ year olds) is meant to offset medical and treatment costs for mental well-being for those from underserved communities. The Mental Health Warrior Scholarship can be used for mental health treatment costs for someone with demonstrable need. The grand prize winner of each scholarship will receive $3000 USD, with a total of nearly $10,000 up for grabs among all winners.
Note: If are a One Young World Ambassador, your application will gain extra weight if you state this in your Application.
About Letters to Strangers
Letters to Strangers (L2S) is a global youth-run nonprofit seeking to destigmatize mental illness and increase access to affordable, quality treatment for youth aged 13 to 24. It was founded by Diana Chao, an One Young World Ambassador who serves as the Executive Director of L2S.
L2S operates in 3 main ways:
1. Therapy informed anyonymous letter writing exchanges, where chapters on school campuses and in local communities meet to discuss their letters
2. Science-based peer education curricula, which includes their recently-published comprehensive 80,000+ word, fully illustrated youth-for-youth mental health guidebook - the first of its kind
3. Grassroots policy-driven advocacy, spearheaded by student task forces speaking to school administrators and local lawmakers to push for mental health services and awareness
Today, L2S is the largest global youth-for-youth mental health nonprofit, impacting over 35,000 people on six continents.