Pittsburgh Law Firm Creates Scholarship for Students Living with Mental Illness

SCC is proud to recognize the work of a local Pittsburgh law firm, DRK Attorneys, who have created a scholarship to promote awareness for mental health.  This $1,000 scholarship is a result of DRK Attorneys' work with clients who suffer from mental illness, where they cultivated an increased insight into the stigma surrounding mental health. Aiming to inspire hope within individuals with mental illness, one of the scholarship's goals is to to celebrate the success of individuals who suffer with mental health issues but persevere to overcome their struggles.

Living with mental illness and succeeding in an academic environment can be incredible challenges that most people never stop to think about. We wanted to recognize this very important issue and to acknowledge some super stars who are making their dreams come true thanks to determination, resilience, and intelligence. - Anthony Deluca, DRK Attorneys

Applicants are eligible to apply for the scholarship if they are currently enrolled at or accepted to a college in the United States (community, technical, undergraduate or postgraduate), have maintained a cumulative 3.0 GPA and are willing to share their story with the general public. The first scholarship recipient in 2015 was a student studying Elementary Education and Special Education in Phoenix, Arizona, who is challenged with ADHD and a nonverbal learning disability. The upcoming deadline for the 2016 scholarship is August 1st, 2016. More information on  eligibility and application requirements can be found on DRK Attorneys' website. Questions can be directed to drkattonerys@gmail.com.