September 01, 2004

Lilly Scholarship Opportunities

Lilly Announces Recipients of the 2004-2005 Lilly Moving Lives Forward
Reintegration Scholarship;

Program Helps People With Bipolar, Schizophrenia and Related
Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders Reintegrate Into Society

EDITORIAL NOTE: While this is a good start - Lilly earns billions of dollars from Zyprexa each year and our hope would be that they could offer a more extensive program than a scholarship program that is only for 50 people. We hope to see them expand the program in the future.

Source: Lilly Press Release (produced by Lilly and Company):

For the seventh straight year, Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has awarded scholarships to people with severe mental illness to help offset their tuition, books and lab fees for the 2004-2005 school year. Lilly announced today that 50 individuals have received Moving Lives Forward Reintegration Scholarships for the upcoming school year.

The scholarship program is designed to help persons with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and related schizophrenia-spectrum disorders acquire the educational and vocational skills they need to move their lives forward and reintegrate into society.

"For many of us, the Lilly Scholarship provides the essential funding needed
to pursue an education and thereby gain intellectual freedom," states Joseph Wleklinski, a four-time recipient of the annual scholarship who is in the combined Masters/Doctorates program in Mechanical Engineering at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.? "I truly believe that for someone like me with mental illness, education and working closely with my physician to achieve wellness are the foundation of reintegration into society."

"The goal of the Lilly Moving Lives Forward Reintegration Scholarship is to
help people whose lives have been seriously interrupted by severe mental illness improve their prospects by providing education that is necessary for them to realize their full potential," explained Dr. John Lechleiter, Executive Vice
President of Pharmaceutical Operations, Eli Lilly and Company.

"Since its inception in 1997, this program has assisted students in pursuing a wide range of educational opportunities -- from Masters of Social Work to tradesman certificates.? We're very proud of this program and these dedicated students."

Of the 50 recipients for the 2004-2005 school year, more than two-thirds (67 percent) are previous winners successfully continuing their education. An
independent panel of judges made up of nine psychiatric care professionals chose the winners.? Levels of study range from high school equivalency programs to graduate degrees, with the areas of endeavor including engineering, law, psychiatry, graphic design, social work, architecture, education and computer sciences.?

Winners are attending such schools as Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Culinary Institute of America, Purdue University, California
Institute of Technology, The University of Tennessee, and others.? Since the
program began in 1997, about 600 people have been awarded Reintegration
Scholarships.? Many are multi-year recipients, allowing them to continue and
potentially complete their education.

"We want everyone to know that a diagnosis of severe mental illness no
longer has to put an end to your hopes and dreams.? Newer medications are
helping to keep people in treatment and allowing them to focus on goals such as
education, which previously seemed out of reach," said Ralph Aquila, M.D.,
director of residential community services at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital
Center in New York and chairman of the scholarship judging panel. "When we began this scholarship program seven years ago, we knew there were individuals battling mental illness who had the qualifications and skills to attend some of the finest learning institutions in the country.? Today, we have proved that to be true -- in fact, we have Lilly Scholarship recipients at some of the top
schools in the nation."

??? About Eli Lilly and Company.

????LillyAnswers ensures that low-income Medicare enrollees with the greatest
need have complete access to the Lilly products they require. The centerpiece of
the patient assistance program, the LillyAnswers card, allows seniors and people
with disabilities under Medicare to pay a flat $12 fee for a 30-day supply of
certain retail distributed Lilly drugs.? Since Lilly implemented LillyAnswers in
2002, hundreds of thousands of people without prescription drug insurance have
received more than a half million Lilly products. LillyAnswers enrollment
applications are available by calling the toll-free number:? 1-877-RX-LILLY
(1-877-795-4559) or online at

SOURCE Eli Lilly and Company

CONTACT: Marni Lemons of Eli Lilly and Company, +1-317-433-8990


(please keep this post confidential)

Anti-depressants never worked for me so

I stopped taking them altogether. I take an anti-psychotic to help with symptoms of mania and schizophrenia. I have some very useful information that could possibly change the whole approach to anti-depressant medication. I have not shared this information with anyone else nor do I intend to. One of my main goals is for the company to seriously consider consumers like myself as legitimate and important producers of honest feedback, and whose ideas have realistic
and economically feasible applications in the research and production of psychotropic medications. I would like to be emailed at if you are genuinely interested in one of my findings. I am no scientist and am horrible at chemistry (Orgo definitely way above and beyond me). I am just trying to create a line of discussion between you and myself.

Thank You,
A. Torres

ps: i wasn't sure if posting this info would be intercepted by spyware, which is why I need either a mailing address or another secured avenue for correspondence.

Posted by: Alis Torres at September 27, 2004 02:37 AM

What I have done that has worked for me.

Search for a Psychiatrist that is accepting patients. Or ask for a referral from your doctor.

See a Psychiatrist

Document when you take your medicine, how you feel, when, and to what extent,. for what diration. This info will allow your DOC to give you best meds.

P.S. Check for IEP-Health 1800# for counselors.

Posted by: Steve at May 11, 2005 08:13 PM

Hey folks,

I'm back. What a long strange trip it's been. I just enrolled as a music major at CRC. I'm making my dreams come true. BTW, wtf happened to my msn account??? :)



Posted by: Electric at May 24, 2005 04:15 AM

dear lilly,
I really wish I can recieve a scholarship but now I have problem and I only have one D in my grade I was so upset I wish you can help me out.I would work as hard as you want me to go as far you want me to go.The important for me is to recieve a scholarship because my parents never went to college and I want to help my family to succeed and my little brother that he is in nine grade.I admire my parents how hard they work and how far the came with me and my brother.I have problem with stress but that does not effect me I always give a postive mind because My dream is to go to college and I feel it and I really want it more than anything.please lilly help me at 574-262-5271 anytime but don't forget me.
thank you

Posted by: Jennifer at November 21, 2005 05:31 PM

Dear Lilly,

I would like some more information on you "Lilly Moving Lives Forward Reintegration Scholorships." I have Bipolar type 1, and I am attending college. I alreday have a bachelors degree, but I have to change fields to be re-trained, because my last career was too stressful. I would like an application and all information that relates to this wonderful program.


Michael Newton.

Posted by: Michael Newton at December 20, 2005 03:16 PM

I want this scholarship. I am black and I deserve it. I need to futher my education without a job; I like taking many classes. I have a GPA of 3.8. What can I do, frist.

Posted by: Christopher Banks at January 28, 2006 06:11 PM

Hi lilly I was diagnosed with bi-polar when I was 17 years old I have struggled on and off with it for 10 years now. when I was 18 I went to college for welding and Natural resources in 2001 I got really sick and came back home and was taking generals. i was almost in a catitonic state at the time but still keep pushing on. Well after that I got healthy on my own I was well for 2 years i was taking class part-time and working part-time and enjoying just about everyday. well after that i got stressed out not from school or work, a trigger hit me and i slowly creeped into a hard deppresed manic state it was horrible no person not even my worstest of the worse enemy should go through what i was going through. well I ended up going into an out patient place after that and but before that i was in and out of the hospitals 11 times with bi-polar and bulilt up a shit load of debt and my x girl friend abused me and used me for many of things and in the middle of all that she got preagnet finaly
i had enough I was under a commitment at a mental hospital and I had too much crap that was going on and I ended up tosseing her agaist a wall and throwing her on a bed on two not one but 2 sepperat occations. I went to jail not 1 not 2 not 3 but 4 months in jail I came out and was geared to get healthy again but she contined to manipulate me and con me into coming back to her and I did and that did't help any. two week after that I hit jail again and that time it was not on my girlfriend at the time it was on my dad and I did another 6 more months well as you can see I am out now and am still going manic but am hanging in there I am starting to see a psycologist and seeing and being with my little girl not working yet but plan on going back to school If there is anyone that deserves a schlorship it is someone that has worked for it not me not you but that one 2or 3 people that get it so far i have a 3.5 gpa standing at my school and not only do I study for a career but study to better myself to become a better person to be more open and openminded well thankyou for your time.


Posted by: Mark Kinnunen at March 28, 2006 11:14 PM

I was just diagnosed as bipolar while I was in the Airforce and im 19 years old. That really changed my through my plans for a loop because now that I cant be in the Airforce because of the disorder I have no way to pay for school for the upcoming school year(Fall 2006). I know that it is right around the corner but I would really be thankful if you could help me attend school. Could you please get back to me on e-mail or by phone at (817) 417-8243 I would really appreciate it. Thank you for your time.

Posted by: monica walker at July 6, 2006 04:37 PM

I'm a seventeen year-old from a small town in southern Indiana. I was diagnosed as bipolar about a year ago. With all the hospital and medication bills, my family is really in need of help for me with college. I'll be attending college Fall 2007, but I'm starting to get worried over the financial aid now. The college I want to attend is private and expensive. I've always maintained a high GPA (3.89), helped out with community service, and extra-cirricular activites, like student council, our high school musical, and band. Actually, I want to become a band director some day. If I could be helped in any way I would greatly appreciate it. If you could please contact me, I would be very grateful.

Posted by: Brayton Arvin at July 23, 2006 10:46 PM

I have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder since I was 22 yrs old. I have been in and out of mental hospitals for the past 10 years. I have gone back to work but was hospitalized and off work for a couple of months due to my illness. I have since returned to work but it is a struggle some days. I have also gone back to school and currently hold a 4.0 grade point average. I am going back for my masters in Counseling and Human Services. I am interested in obtaining more information on the reintegration scholarship that you offer. Please e-mail me more information.


Posted by: Melissa Raderstorf at July 29, 2006 08:22 PM

I am 17 years old. I would like to tell you about some of my life. My father died when I was three years old. I found out later from my mother it was partly because of drugs. She had to tell me because of the people I was hanging out with. One of them was my half sister. She always wanted me to know how much my father loved me and never wanted me to know this side of him but felt she had to because of this situtation. My mother had also did the drugs but finanally realized she wanted more for me and my sister. She was seperated at the time of my fathers death. My mother raised my sister and me by herself without any help with family. I was in girl scouts, ballet, music lessons and church. I was always an active child. I went to a very good and small school. My mother was also involved in my school. During the sixth grade I started having problems. My mother took me to a dr. and since then I have been under dr.s care and still am. For my sixth grade graduation my teacher was going through a bitter divorce. I guess having to deal with me made things worse. She wanted to take all of my graduation ceremonies away from me. Like bowling party, field trip and dance. My mother would not allow any of it but only one of these which happened to be bowling, because of my behavior. In the seventh grade my teacher had me sitting at the front of the class, facing the chalk board with a yellow line down it because I was to active in the class room because I am ADHD. My mother found this out at report card conference. She had to talk to my teacher and explain this is Jr. High not elementary school. I was in the process of seeing another dr. for help. In the eight grade my teacher told me I was slow in front of all my class mates. My mother went to school and had a meeting with my counsler and teacher and myself. The teacher responded with I was only teasing. My mother was very upset because I was struggling still. My mother was on the PTO board and knew most of the staff. The counsler and my mother really got along because she knew my mother was not going to give up on me. To this day my mother is still going strong for me. She tells me I will sucessful. She tells me things are harder for me but I always get through it and it makes me a stronger person. I was DePaul Mental Hospital. I was diagnosis with ODD. I was put on medication. That helped for awhile. Things were going pretty smooth. Then we had Hurricane Katrina. I had to relocate in Louisville Ky. One week after Katrina I lost a friend in a car accident. I also had a female in my school that liked me in a way that to me was not my preferenc. Not that I judge anyone for that, its just not my style. She gave me several problems. I thought I was schizpphrenic. I asked my mother to take me to the dr. that I needed help. Well I was put on a higher dose of Prozac. I was already taking Adderall and Prozac 10 mg. The dr. increased it to 20 mg. Well we were back in New Orleans from Katrina and nothing was the same. More changes in my life. I felt sad. My dr. was back also and he just gave me more Prozac. I tried working but I did not feel good. I walked out on my first job and that night had a seizure. I again had to have more test done. Brain study, EKG and had to see a Nureologoist. Everything worked out fine. But I went off all my meds. My mother got another dr. and he really is good. Now I'm diagnosised with Bi Polar. I'm on a different medication and also with my ADHD. I want to go to college. I have to repeat my Senior due from Katrina and my medical problems. I attend summer school so this repeat of my Senior year will only have four classes making it somewhat easier for me. I am in the process of looking for a part time job. Wish me luck. I want to be a Iterior Designer. I want to attend Bauder School in Altanta Georgia. I want to be successful. I an very good with art. I was in talented art in my 11th and 12th grade. But because of the problems I got out. I would be very thankful if I could get a scholarship to help with my education. I will be successful.

Posted by: Megan Neely at August 1, 2006 06:15 AM

I am 16 years old and i have faced Bipolar disorder for as long as i can remember. My oldest brother is bipolar and only because of the love and faith of my parents we were able to get through it. He was placed in hospitals multiple times and i remember being terrified of him. It was extremely difficult to see my parents in such despair. I look back on those few years and think about how his mania scared me and my two other siblings. He ended up at Chamberlain, a special school in Massachusetts. He slowly improved and graduated, only to flunk out of college after his freshman year. He is doing great now and it gives me some hope. Soon after my brother was diagnosed, i was also.I have known since i was 10 or 11. I was put on the right medication and was considered stable. On the first day of junior year i was unable to go to school. I was out for over two weeks. Fear consumed me over that period of time and i was physically and mentally unable to attend. I was so proud of myself when i finally got back. That was the first time i ever really understood that i was biplar and how that was going to affected my life. Today the only thing i fear is true fear and that what i went through may happen again. But that fear torments me and depression takes over. My dream is to be an elementary school teacher, please help me to make my dream come true.

Posted by: Deanna McCoy at August 7, 2006 08:00 AM

please advise on applying for the Lily scholarship for individuals with severe mental illness

Posted by: jesse cohen at September 15, 2006 07:54 PM

Hello, my name is carmen and Im 39 years old. I just learned this week of the great opportunity available through your scholarship fund and would like to get more information. I recently enrolled in a local university but it would be an overwhelming financial burden; I cant do it without help, so for now, I cannot attend. Yet, Over the years struggling with my illness Ive learned many things such as patience, perseverance and the most recently, true love. how?? I received a son. He arrived precisely when I had started to learn to love myself, working strenuously to recover and he rerouted my life. I must provide a better life for my child and myself and I truly believe the way to do this is by earning a degree and pursuing attainable dreams. please let me know as soon possible what is needed to apply for the award, so that I may possibly start classes in april. Thank you for your time. Be well.

respectfully yours

Carmen Reyes

Posted by: carmen lucia reyes at January 26, 2007 10:53 AM

As part of my reintegration, I paid by myself for getting a BS in psychology, summa cum laude. I then entered a health psychology doctoral program. Again, I am paying my own way, but it is a daily dollar struggle on a disability check. I was delighted to learn about this scholarship. I felt hopeful because of my proven academic record, but those hopes were dashed when I realized that my graduate school program, which is regionally accredited and APA accredited, would make me ineligilble because it is an online program.

I truly appreciate these 50 scholarships. I wish I could be one of the 50 scholars who receive one for Fall 2007. Lilly's stated reintegration purpose aligns very much with my own, but Lilly apparently doesn't see an accredited education using modern technology as worthy or perhaps as not capable of helping folks with schizoaffective and bipolar disorders rejoin the work force.

Posted by: Diane Kriemelmeyer at March 16, 2007 01:24 PM

i was on haldol for twenty years with several side effects. after just one week on zyprexa i can final sit long enough and have the ability to maintain my attention to read, something i hadn't been able since i got out of the army in 1984. i am anxious to further my ed. in information tech.

Posted by: jerome tribout at July 13, 2007 02:39 PM

I am 50 years young. My 1st pschotic break was when I was 21 and had been severly depressed for many months and I tried to kill myself. No medication was given and I bounced back and eventually graduated from Vassar with a degree in philosophy. Things went okay with periodic bouts of severe depression until I reached 40. I had twins and postpartum depression and went downhill. All of my life I heard voices but I was terrified that anyone would find out so of course I kept it a secret. After 4 more suicide attempts and countless hospitalizations I am now off the antidepressants and strictly on an antipsychotic and finally clear enough in my thinking to even write this. I have enrolled in a masters program for a MS in nonprofit managment. I really want to focus on others instead of myself.(I got 1/2 through an MBA program but had to be hospitalized several times). I would love to talk to more people who have gone through the same kind of things I have and I would also like to know if anyone knows of any scholarships for people lke me.
Thaks so much for reading this far! Take care

Posted by: Sharon Gayle at July 20, 2007 02:30 PM

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