FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health Funding Opportunity

This award is not being offered this year. ACHA Members: watch your inbox for an announcement regarding the call for nominations for the 2023 awards cycle.


With growing national concerns regarding the prevalence and complexity of mental and behavioral health issues among college students and the negative impact these disorders have on the health and safety of higher education communities, student retention, student learning/academic progress, and the human potential of students, funding sponsor FirstRisk Advisors, through the American College Health Foundation, is offering one annual $3,500 funding opportunity.

The FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health Funding Opportunity is designed to fund the development of creative initiatives that address prevention, early intervention, and treatment for mental and behavioral health disorders among students. The goal of these initiatives is to reduce the risk of mental and behavioral illness and injury among college students and to enhance both individual and community health as a strategy to support student learning. 

Funding Proposal Materials

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Past Funding Recipients

2021 Funding Recipients:

Appalachian State University – "Enhancing Mental Well-being Through Online Gaming Communities"
Project Directors: Elisabeth Cavallaro, MPH, CHES, and Alex. F. Howard, DrPH

2019 Funding Recipient:

University of Wisconsin – Platteville  - “University of Wisconsin-Platteville Wellness Walk”
Project Director: Deirdre Dalsing, MA, NCC, LMHC, LPC, Director of Counseling Services

2018 Funding Recipient:

University of South Carolina - “Hear Me Out” Mental Health Matters”
Project Director: Jackie Knight, MPH, CHES, Assistant Director for Healthy Carolina Initiatives

2017 Funding Recipient:

Kennesaw State University - “Staying Healthy in Nursing School”
Project Director: Sherry Grable, MEd, MCHES, Director, Center for Health Promotion & Wellness

2016 Funding Recipient:

Tarleton State University - “Whole Texans”
Project Directors: Dr. Stephanie Robertson and Bridgette Bednarz

2015 Funding Recipient:

Project Director: Jennifer Myers, MA, BS, Assistant Director, Campus Mental Health Initiative