Win a College Tuition Scholarship!

What To Submit

For nearly 30 years, Promises has been a national leader in the treatment of chemical dependency. As originators of the Malibu Model of addiction treatment, we are dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the-art treatment plans and a visionary approach to recovery. At luxurious, home-like facilities in four states, our compassionate multidisciplinary teams help clients overcome addictions and dual diagnosis so they can reach their full potential and create extraordinary lives. We’re proud to share a unique opportunity with you – channeling your talent and creativity into furthering the message of addiction recovery.

Three winners will share total scholarship money of $10,000, to be used towards college tuition.

You Must Submit The Following

Write An Essay

Write a 500-word essay responding to the following prompt:

The new edition of the Associated Press’s Stylebook states the word “addict” should no longer be used as a noun. “Instead,” it says, “choose phrasing like he was addicted, people with heroin addiction or he used drugs.” In short, a person should be identified separate from their disease.

Essay Option: Explain why describing someone as "addicted" rather than "an addict" is important to society in combatting addiction.

Design Option: If you prefer, feel free to interpret this topic via an infographic or illustration.

Entry Details

Focus Open to all majors and areas of study
Deadline December 31, 2017
Winners announced in February 2018
Amount Total Prize Money: $10,000
1st place $6000
2nd place $3000
3rd place $1000
Level Undergraduate
Recurs Annually
  • Must be legal U.S. residents
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a college or university in the U.S.
Selection Criteria Applications will be reviewed by a committee selected solely by Elements Behavioral Health and or Promises. The committee will select potential winners for each prize level based on the criteria of relevance to the topic, originality, creativity and/or emotional impact.

Applications with persistent spelling or grammatical errors will not be considered.

2016 Winners
1st Place – Steven Thompson
2nd Place – Dana Smith
3rd Place – Ann Pugmire

The submission window is now closed.

We will announce the 2018 winners in February.