“I hope that this scholarship will provide families with some measure of relief from the burden of the cost of treatment. I remember the many emotions that I felt when I first started looking into mental health treatment options for my son. It can be overwhelming, and I hope that families receiving financial aid from this fund will take heart in the knowledge that there is an entire community of alumni families, who have been where they are and who have come out on the other side with hope and the belief that recovery is possible.
Today, my son is thriving and looking at graduate schools. We both credit Skyland Trail with helping provide him with the tools and skills that enabled him to pursue his goals for the future. ”
As published in the 2020 Annual Report
In spring 2020, a group of 10 alumni families joined together with the goal of raising $100,000 to establish a financial aid endowment. Collectively, the 10 families contributed $50,000 and challenged other alumni families to match their gifts. In fall 2020, the Skyland Trail Board of Directors voted to contribute $25,000 to the scholarship fund. By the end of 2020, thanks to the generous contributions of 65 families, $150,000 was raised —50 percent more than the original goal of $100,000 — and the Alumni Family Endowed Scholarship was established.
The endowment will exist in perpetuity and will provide critical financial assistance to eligible patients, helping to ensure that future generations have access to quality mental health services. Donations in any amount are welcome throughout the year from Grateful Families.