The TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado is offering a $500 scholarship for students who are going (or in) a D1 athletics program but didn’t receive an athletic scholarship. To qualify, students must submit an application and a statement of need in the form of a 500 word essay.

Student Debt Linked to Poor Health, Low Wealth

According to a joint study by Gallup and Purdue university, students who incur significant amounts of student debt at college are less likely to thrive in the five key indicators of well-being, including purpose, social, financial, community, and physical health. In every category, students who have no debt do better than those with some debt, but the difference isn’t always significant. For example, the social score differs only two points between those who have no debt and those who have $50,000 or more in debt (47 and 45, respectively).

In other aspects of well-being, though, the difference is clear.

The largest difference was in financial well-being, where 40% of those with no student debt were thriving, compared to only 25% of those with $50,000 of debt or more. Physical well-being was also dramatically impacted, with 34% of those with no student debt thriving, compared to only 24% of those with $50,000 of debt or more.

Helping Student Athletes

Student athletes incur significant additional burdens during college in terms of expenses and time demands that can make it hard to find and maintain a job to help cover expenses. Our scholarship is intended to help athletes who did not receive an athletic scholarship to manage this situation.


High school seniors who have been accepted to a D1 athletic program and higher education students who are part of a D1 athletic program. Candidates must not have received an athletic scholarship.


Each applicant should create an essay describing your need and how the $500 would help you remain in school. There is no restriction on how the money would be spent, as long as the expense can be linked to helping the athlete stay in school.

Judged on

Applicants will be judged on need, including both the application and the essay’s description of how the money will help.

Application Directions

  • Fill out the application form
  • Write an essay no more than 500 words
  • Include your name, phone number, mailing address, and program where you are or will be enrolled


The deadline for consideration for this scholarship is August 31st, 2015, 11:59pm. Final decisions will be made in September 2015.

Apply Here

Scholarship Application

Please complete the form below to apply for a scholarship. The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm on August 31st, 2015. TIP: Your user session of this page may expire while you write your essay and you will lose your work. Compose your essay in another program and then return to this page to paste your essay into the essay field below.

  • In 500 words or less, please describe the details of your situation and how this scholarship will help you stay in school.
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