Scholarships for Bipolar Students


Scholarships for Bipolar Students

Thankfully there are some disability scholarships for bipolar students with this condition which can be used to help bipolar people achieve their educational goals through providing financial assistance. Bipolar scholarships exist often times side by side or within broader scholarships for students suffering other mental maladies, though there are still those which are offered exclusively for students living with bipolar disorder only.

Working through life with a condition like bipolar disorder can be difficult for anybody. Students with this disorder can have a double dose of trouble while trying to maintain a balance between a healthy life and school made difficult by mood swings which are affecting a student’s ability to handle the world around them. Combined with the social stigma in the United States which surrounds people with bipolar disorder, it can be extra difficult for students looking to enter into higher education to be taken seriously, or even at times given scholarships because committees may not see the student as being likely to progress through their schooling.

There are also disability scholarships available for those from a diverse background for which bipolar students have had great success in applying for. While not necessarily related to scholarships, bipolar students will also find that the mental health facilities at universities are often designed in part with them in mind, and when picking a university to apply a bipolar scholarship to, students should be careful in also reviewing their medical facilities to ensure they are capable of helping them with any serious issues which may come up during the course of their studies.

In 2004 a woman named Sarah Freeman was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and, after a tumultuous time dealing with the issues it created in her life, established a website called Bipolar Lives. During her quest to provide as much information as possible regarding this mental disorder, Freeman discovered that the available information and number of bipolar disorder scholarships available was significantly limited. To rectify the situation as best she could, Freeman dedicated a page on her website to scholarships for bipolar students while at the same time establishing a disability scholarship of her own.

Since 2009 Sarah Freeman’s Bipolar Lives Scholarship has been providing at least $500 to students looking for additional funds for school while also having bipolar disorder. In 2011 the amount was increased to $1,000 and some of the specifics regarding the bipolar scholarship were changed. Students interested in applying, must be over 21 years old and write a 450-900 word essay regarding interesting or useful information on bipolar disorder. All entries will be judged by a five person panel and the awards will be given out on July 1. Beyond this students will also need to submit a separate application form which will contain the name of chosen college, program applicants wish to enter, and current grade point average. All applications must be received no later than on June 1.

Beyond the Bipolar Lives Scholarship, the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship is offered every year to students who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder. These disability scholarships for bipolar students provides for between $2,500 and $5,000 to anywhere from at least 70 to 100 students at all levels of post secondary education. On top of having been formally diagnosed with one of the above conditions, interested students must be currently undergoing medical treatment while actively working on rehabilitative program.

Further, students must be a United States citizen and be attending or preparing to attend a fully accredited university. The selection committee will consider an applicant’s overall academic progress thus far in their life, personal references, success in handling their condition, volunteer experiences, and their current rehabilitation efforts. Essays will be on a topic as assigned yearly by Lilly Reintegration group. While entries for 2011 have come to a close, the deadline for the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship for bipolar is January 25 of every year. As it is important to show active progress, it is important to start the process as early as possible.



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18 Responses

  1. STACIE WARREN says:


  2. admin says:


    you must go directly to the websites of the Bipolar scholarships discussed to submit an application. Normally a link is provided in each article at the bottom of the page. If their is no link then search for it on Google, Yahoo etc. If no link is provided then this means that the scholarship sponsor may change their scholarship URL every year so there fore we don’t put the link in the article.

  3. Donna Singleton says:

    will u mail me an app to apply for this scholarship

  4. Erika says:

    Someone please help me navigate through all these sites for scholarships. I am getting frustrated. I am looking to try and find something for my Bipolar. Where can I find the applications?

  5. admin says:


    you must go to directly to the scholarship sponsors website to apply for any BiPolar scholarship presented on our site. I would advise you to sit down with a FinAids manager at a college by you to discuss all your options.

  6. Belia De La Torre says:

    I’m bipolar and schizoaffective bipolar type

  7. mia says:

    I am a college freshman who is bi-polar and is in foster care. I am also in my schools honor’s program. Can you provide any scholarship information for me, please?

  8. Debra Selmi says:

    I’m very discouraged, every chronic illness is listed except for cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) my son is an A student but missed alot of school due to illness. He got his GED, and is now ready to go to college. Can you please help me? Thank you. Deb Selmi

  9. admin says:


    look for organizations which offer support with this illness such as Foundations and support related website. Many times they will have a scholarship which you can apply to.

  10. Sarah says:

    Admin, thank you for this website, you may have saved my life.

    And btw, thanks for the assertive feedback to the post on here, very refreshing

  11. K. Briley says:

    I have a senior in high school who wants to become a psychologist due to all her own struggles with OCD, anxiety, and ticks. Can you direct us toward any scholarships?

  12. admin says:

    K. Briley,

    look for foundations and organizations which provide support for the disabilities your daughter has. Many times they have educational awards which can be applied to. Also apply to general scholarships too, which may be an advantage when she applies. Read more at: high scholarships for college.

  13. toni says:

    I am a senior in high school who dreams of being a child psychologist due to having bipolar. I am in great need of a few websites to point me towards scholarships to help me financially when I go to college. please help.

  14. admin says:


    a good website for you to start would be: high school scholarships for college. You can also search for website which provide support for your disability. Many times they have educational awards you can apply to.

  1. April 15, 2011

    […] While it is often said that there are scholarships for almost all types of people, conditions or situations, this bit of hyperbole is not always entirely true. For example, scholarships for depression, which do exist in some forms here or there, are not as readily available as say disability scholarships for other mental disorders. This could be for a number of reasons, but amongst them is that depression is incredibly wide spread, difficult to diagnose, and more or less a subjective experience than it makes it a situation in which exact numbers cannot applied to. That being said, there are in fact a number of depression scholarships available to those students who can show medical evidence of depression, often in the form of bipolar disorder or other depression types which are chronic and verifiable. These would be a form of bipolar scholarships. […]

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