Jed Foundation Launches Scholarship Fund
September 28, 2020 by Ashley Dill | Spartanburg Herald-Journal | 2020news
The Jed Foundation (JED) recently announced the launch of its $1 million Morgan Stanley
Scholarship Fund to enable higher education institutions serving students from low-income
and diverse backgrounds to participate in JED Campus. JED Campus is a signature program
of the foundation and helps colleges and universities develop and strengthen their
approaches to supporting student mental health and preventing suicide--the second
leading cause of death for teens and young adults across the nation. As students are
returning to campus this fall with heightened anxiety and stress about what to expect
amid COVID-19, college campuses are in need of support to increase access to mental
health infrastructure and services.
JED is a founding nonprofit partner organization of the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children's Mental Health, which brings together key leaders in the children’s mental health space and combines the resources and reach of Morgan Stanley and its Foundation to help address children’s mental health concerns and the far-reaching challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression. The Alliance seeks to drive impact for young people - especially in marginalized populations - by assisting youth through formative transitions, and helping parents recognize mental health disorders and support their children.
Six colleges have been selected as the inaugural scholarship recipients for fall 2020: Frederick Community College of Maryland, Spartanburg Community College of South Carolina, St. Thomas University of Florida, Towson University of Maryland, University of Missouri, and Holyoke Community College of Massachusetts. JED Campus advisors will work closely with these schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, programs, and policy assessment with customized support to build upon each institution’s existing structures.