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Stephan D. Weiss Student Mental Health Award

The Call for Applications for the 2024 awards cycle has CLOSED.
Submit an application by February 7, 2024.


The American College Health Foundation’s Stephan D. Weiss, PhD, Mental Health Fund for Higher Education was established in December 2010, to support efforts to promote and improve the quality of mental health care to college students.

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, the Weiss Fund is providing support for an award offering to be available annually.

This award is sponsored by the Stephan D. Weiss Foundation and the Weiss Fund of the American College Health Foundation. It offers an award of $5000 along with a commitment from the institution of an additional $5000 of actual funds or in-kind support of the award to the grantee to promote and improve the quality of mental health support for college students. The Weiss Award is intended to encourage student(s) to develop creative initiatives that will enhance mental health service delivery to students through an innovative program which could be replicated at another college or university.  This award will support program development that has the potential to demonstrate measurable success in student retention for those whose mental health problems might otherwise compromise the quality of their college experience and jeopardize the likelihood of their graduation.

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