Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking



Memphis, TN


Providing collegiate scholarships to students affected by behavioral health.

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Nicole R Shaheen

Main Address

8295 Tournament Drive #201

Memphis, TN 38125 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Private Independent Foundations (T22)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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Currently the need for behavioral health treatment of some sort (psychiatric, substance abuse or both) is skyrocketing. An average of 1 in 8 adolescents today will seek treatment of some type this year, of that number, 2.8 will seek inpatient treatment of some type. While we are excited that help is being sought, we recognize the significant price parents pay when seeking treatment for their child. Once insurance benefits run out, many parents use credit cards, second mortgages, and any savings planned for college. But after stability is obtained, parents often find that there is simply no money left to pay for college. To make matters worse, an erratic transcript can knock a student out of the running for competitive merit scholarships. How is a student supposed to #LiveTheNextChapter if there is simply no money left?

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JC Runyon Foundation Scholarship - traditional

Mary Cathryn White Memorial Scholarship

JC Runyon Foundation Scholarship - non traditional

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We don't want families to have to choose between debt and college. We award college scholarships to students affected by behavioral health. Currently, our scholarships are $2,000 per semester for up to 8 semesters as long as he or she maintains good standing according to the educational institution's criteria. We aren't involved in our students' treatment, our students are already stable, but we do maintain a relationship with each student throughout each semester and (hopefully) beyond. We believe that treatment and diagnosis is not the end of our students’ stories, only a chapter.

Each student is different and has a unique set of needs. We have a pretty extensive screening process that looks for a variety of criteria: stability, readiness for a transition, etc. Our screening committee consists of therapists, an educator, a psychologist and a nurse. Each of whom have a unique perspective and a heart for our mission. We received many hundreds of amazing applicants each year, so the ultimate decision is sometimes a heartbreaking one when we find we don't have enough funds to award each eligible applicant. We hate saying no. Once the recipients are selected, the fun begins. We communicate with each of our recipients several times throughout each semester and often times engage in conversations about anxiety regarding the choice of Major or whether the course load is too much. We like to be the encourager and cheerleader in the background. Students often tell us that it is a great feeling to know that we believe in them!

Although we have no paid staff, we have a strong base of volunteers and Board members who have been with us since the beginning. We have a strong donor base who knows that we don't use the donation dollars to pay expensive overhead or salaries. Our office and all its equipment is donated and we have a strategic growth plan. Since 2010 we have awarded over $300,000 to 26 students across the United States and look forward to helping many more students #LiveTheirNextChapter!

Our methods are simple. Whatever we raise at our fundraising gala in the Spring is what we award in the Fall. The more we raise, the more we can award. Since we don't have a staff, we find that keeping things simple works. It keeps us focused on the mission, helping as many students #LiveTheNextChapter as possible. The more students we can help graduate, the better!

Since 2010 we have awarded $326,258.00 to 26 students. 6 have already graduated and are working all over the world. Because we are pretty new, our data is also new, so we don't yet know how our scholarships will translate into career achievement, but we are watching. We have 2 graduating in the Spring of 2019 and 2 more in the Fall of 2019. The Spring of 2020 we have 6 students on track for graduation. We will be seeing the first of our full 8 semester scholarship recipients graduate this Spring (2019) which is a big milestone for us. We are looking forward to seeing how their careers progress. We have many majors in the behavioral health field, but we also have nursing, engineering, seminary, outdoor wilderness, education, math and business majors. Our scholarship recipients will make major impacts on our society!

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