Grants & Awards
Higher Education Grant Programs
Despite the rapidly increasing number of young people seeking and entering addiction recovery, by 2012, only 34 out of 4500 colleges nationwide had collegiate recovery programs to support students in recovery. As a result, families were left with a difficult choice: whether to risk sending their students back to campuses where there was zero recovery support, or to simply not allow their students to go back to school due to the risk of relapse.
Recognizing the need to implement life-saving measures on college campuses, our Seeds of Hope grant program began in Fall 2012 when Stacie Mathewson, TYR’s President and CEO, pledged to award $10,000 grants to universities toward the goal of creating 100 new collegiate recovery programs. A landmark research study was completed in Spring 2013 that identified 38 community-based assets that could help college students in recovery to thrive, and a companion toolkit and web platform were developed.
We are proud to say that we have reached — and surpassed — that goal, and the number of CRPs in the nation now exceeds 170! This means that TYR has more than tripled the number of recovery efforts in progress across the country, and paved the way for several collegiate recovery efforts to transform into established communities. Now, families’ financial and emotional investments in their students’ recovery will be protected at the campuses they attend.
Perhaps even more significant than the financial investment is the support the staff at TYR provides to every grantee. Each school is connected with a program manager that offers ongoing coaching for a period of three years. We recognize that each collegiate recovery effort is unique in its own way and they are encouraged to take incremental steps toward developing into a mature, sustainable program that reflects their campus environment and leverages existing resources to meet the specific needs and interests of their students. This flexibility and ongoing monitoring allows schools to empower students in recovery on their campus to lead these efforts, while navigating the significant challenges that bureaucracy in higher education may pose. We know the college environment can be challenging for young people in recovery so we are proud to support so many campus partners as they pledge to make their schools a more recovery friendly place.
Beginning in Spring 2017, TYR will award additional Seeds of Hope grants to continue driving the expansion of recovery programs nationwide. To apply for a Seeds of Hope grant, click on the purple button below.
America’s almost 1,200 community colleges offer students affordable tuition, open admission policies, and convenient locations. Historically, they have been particularly important for students who are older, working, need remedial classes, or can only take classes part-time. As community college enrollment evolves, there is a need to better understand the role community colleges play in supporting students beyond their academic pursuits.
TYR conducted an intensive one-year study to increase the capacity for community colleges in the U.S. to provide students in recovery the support and skills necessary to help them successfully obtain, transition to, or reclaim desired life and academic pursuits.
This study indicated that we do not yet know enough about what it takes to effectively support students in recovery on a community college campus beyond their academic pursuits and need to learn more in order to build national capacity in this area. As a result, TYR is launching a pilot grant program to learn what happens when schools initiate funded capacity building efforts on their campuses.
The Bridging the Gap pilot grant program will begin in Spring 2017. Approximately 6 schools will receive grants and partner with TYR in intensive technical assistance and research activities including site visits and facilitated community mapping efforts, with additional grants given to schools which will participate in minimal research activities. To apply for a Bridging the Gap pilot grant, click the purple button below.