Over the last several months, Washington County has taken a strong stance on starting a new conversation about substance abuse, with the Washington Goes Purple campaign.
The campaign has grown significantly in a short amount of time.
It has grown so much that the Washington Goes Purple campaign will now be offering eleven $1,000 scholarships.
Students will write essays about the opioid problem, and one student will be awarded a scholarship from each high school in Washington County.
City Councilwoman Emily Keller says a big part of the Washington Goes Purple campaign is to teach students, this essay gives them an opportunity to show us how they can help.
“The essay is going to be about how the opioids have affected you, how it has affected the community, or how would you like to advocate to help our community heal. There is no GPA requirement, it’ll just be an essay, and it’ll be scored randomly, and one winner from every school will be selected,” Keller said.
The Community Foundation of Washington County will be handling all of the applications.