VAMED Education Grants for Patients

VAMED Scholars Program

Sponsored by the DBHDS State Opioid Response Grant Team Application Link
The Department of Behavioral Health and Development State Opioid Response Grant Team and Virginia Commonwealth University are excited to be able to offer the Recovery Scholars Program to students in recovery who are enrolled at Virginia Colleges and Universities. We believe that students in recovery often are among the strongest students on our campus and contribute tremendously to campus life.

Scholarship amount: $500 per semester (renews contingent on completion of requirementsScholarship Deadline: Cohort 1 – August 6th (strongly recommended) Cohort 2 – August 27thApplicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the first deadline as there will be more sections available.
To learn more about the expansion of Collegiate Recovery in Virginia, you can view this webinar.

Recovery Scholars Program:

As individuals grow in their recovery process their needs in recovery change. The Recovery Scholars Program seeks to support these recovery needs through a supportive seminar while recognizing their contributions through financial scholarship. The Recovery Scholars participate in a weekly supportive (virtual) seminar and work an active recovery plan. Recovery scholars are awarded a share of the scholarship pool and may be eligible for additional scholarship awards. Scholarships automatically renew until graduation for those who continue to complete Recovery Scholars program requirements. Additionally, Recovery Scholars are eligible to receive funds for professional development conferences focused on recovery. Scholarships are credited to student accounts are not paid out until mid-point or later in the semester.

Introduction to Recovery Supports (Newcomers Program)The Introduction to Recovery Supports Program is designed for individuals new to recovery, who want additional structure in their recovery journeys while they navigate the challenges of Higher Education. Students will participate in a weekly recovery seminar and must be developing and working an active recovery plan. Individuals entering the newcomers program are able to earn Membership in the Recovery Scholars Program for the next semester and a pro-rated share of a scholarship. Topics in the Introduction to Recovery Support seminar will help newcomers get plugged into recovery supports relevant to their journeys.

Application Link
Program Flyer, Eligibility and Expectations For more information, email or call 804-366-8027 or visit

Tom Bannard, MBA, CADC
c) 804-366-8027
819 S. Cathedral Pl.
Box 842002
Richmond, VA 23284-2002
In the spirit of healing, I acknowledge and honor the Powhatan Tribe, and all of the original Indigenous peoples of the land upon which Virginia Commonwealth University stands. / Whose land are you on?

COVID-19 Updates:

We are providing a Virtual Clubhouse for students to use for recovery support. All recovery meetings will move to virtual spaces with links provided below. To access a meeting by phone call 646 558 8656 and enter the meeting ID below.Monday
Hitting the Books, Grapevine AA Meeting, 7p.m. – 595-645-870
SMART Recovery, 7p.m. (What is SMART Recovery?) – 374-505-251 Recovery Dharma 8:30pm – 958-363-051
AA Meeting, Noon – 379-096-170
Marijuana Anonymous, 5:45pm – 926-965-229
Family Education Program, 6:30-8:00PM – 299-427-496
We Agnostics (Secular) AA Meeting, 7:00 pm – 332421146
Friday Night Young People, AA Meeting, 8:30p.m. – 289-119-017
Boys to Men, Men’s AA Meeting, 12:30pm – 831-587-387
All Queer, No Beer, LGBTQ AA Meeting, 5:00p.m. – 650-909-392
No Cover Charge (AA Meeting,) 9:00pm – 999-201-610
200% Writing, Writing Workshop, 4:30 All Recovery Meeting – 531774014

Program Coordinator Rams in Recovery, Division of Student Affairs
Pronouns: He, Him, His
Virtual Meetings: Make an Appointment

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