The Carol Fagan Memorial Scholarship was established to honor and continue Carol Fagan’s endless pursuit to improve life for those affected by mental illness. This grant aims to help those with a mental health diagnosis access the resources and develop the skills necessary to reach their full potential.

The Carol Fagan Memorial Scholarship is available to AISD high school seniors who have an identified mental health diagnosis of one or more of the following: Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and/or Schizoaffective Disorder, and are pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Candidates for this award should be committed to completing a college degree, understand how living with a mental health diagnosis affects one’s life, and will advocate and serve as a role model for others who are living with a mental health diagnosis.

Each candidate must submit all of the following:

  • A completed application (click to download)
  • A copy of their college acceptance letter (proof of commitment, which may be submitted after May 1st or when received)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a teacher or school counselor and one from a non-family member)
  • Official High School transcript
  • A doctor’s or licensed professional’s statement confirming diagnosis
  • A personal essay that tells your story, not exceeding 500 words. For example, NAMI Austin would be interested in hearing what it is like to live with a mental illness, what you have done to participate in the community, and/or why you deserve to be selected for this scholarship.

Scholarship Amount: Varies (minimum amount, $500)

Number of awards vary.

Deadline: May 1st
Notification: May 15th

Please send the completed application with attachments to:

NAMI Austin
Attn: Lisa Yoch
PO Box 302398
Austin, TX 78703