CSM schol­ar­ship will ben­e­fit Jude House clients

CSM pres­i­dent: ‘We’re the col­lege of sec­ond chances and third chances’

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A new schol­ar­ship fund at the Col­lege of Southern Mary­land is an ex­am­ple of a good idea catch­ing on — pro­vid­ing ex­tra as­sis­tance to those over­com­ing chal­lenges.

The Jude House Re­cov­ery Schol­ar­ship Fund has been es­tab­lished at CSM with the Southern Mary­land Women’s League pro­vid­ing the $5,000 ini­tial fund­ing to make the schol­ar­ship pos­si­ble, ac­cord­ing to a CSM news re­lease.

The new fund will ben­e­fit cur­rent and re­cent clients of The Jude House, a long-term res­i­den­tial and out­pa­tient sub­stance abuse treat­ment fa­cil­ity that serves Southern Mary­land.

“The idea be­hind this schol­ar­ship is con­sis­tent with our mis­sion,” CSM Pres­i­dent Mau­reen Mur­phy said in the re­lease. “The col­lege is here to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple who want it. We’re the col­lege of sec­ond chances and third chances.”

The push for the schol­ar­ship came from Tammy Se­mega, both a SMWL mem­ber and a mem­ber of The Jude House board of di­rec­tors. Se­mega heard about CSM’s schol­ar­ship that was es­tab­lished last year for an­other area pro­gram that as­sists those deal­ing with sub­stance abuse, a schol­ar­ship to as­sist grad­u­ates of the St. Mary’s County Adult Sub­stance Abuse Re­cov­ery Court pro­gram.

Se­mega wanted the same op­por­tu­nity for Jude House clients, and she worked with CSM’s Ad­vance­ment Divi­sion to make it hap­pen.

The SMWL al­ready had a re­la­tion­ship with The Jude House since the non­profit was se­lected as SMWL’s two-year grant re­cip­i­ent. In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing the ini­tial fund­ing for the CSM schol­ar­ship, the SMWL has as­sisted with needs for hous­ing and the day-to-day needs for fe­male clients in the pro­gram. SMWL Pres­i­dent Suzanne Wi­ble, also a grad­u­ate of CSM, said that Se­mega’s schol­ar­ship idea was a per­fect fit for the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s goals.

“When I was grow­ing up I was not qual­i­fied for schol­ar­ships and strug­gled to pay my way through col­lege,” Wi­ble said in the re­lease. “Due to that ex­pe­ri­ence, I am very passionate about schol­ar­ship pro­grams and giv­ing peo­ple the op­por­tuni- ty to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion and en­hance their per­sonal skills. CSM has grown to be the per­fect avenue for this as they are a di­verse in­sti­tu­tion that al­lows peo­ple of all walks of life to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion with a wide range of op­tions.”

Se­mega said that this schol­ar­ship en­ables Jude House res­i­dents to “not only leave the Jude House clean and ready to get back out into the real world, but they gain a skill that will as­sist in get­ting a job. It is a win-win sit­u­a­tion. … Every­one de­serves a sec­ond chance, and we are help­ing by pro­vid­ing ad­dic­tion re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and the start of an ed­u­ca­tional path.”

The newly es­tab­lished Jude House Re­cov­ery Schol­ar­ship Fund will pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for tu­ition, fees, books and other re­lated sup­plies to CSM stu­dents en­rolled in an aca­demic pro­gram, ca­reer train­ing pro­gram or GED pro­gram who meet the qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

To be el­i­gi­ble, the can­di­date must be a cur­rent Jude House client that is in good stand­ing of the Jude House Re­cov­ery Pro­gram or a pre­vi­ous client that com­pleted a Jude House treat­ment pro­gram suc­cess­fully within the ap­pli­ca­tion year. Ap­pli­cants must re­side in Southern Mary­land. The schol­ar­ship will be awarded per se­mes­ter and may be re­new­able for mul­ti­ple semesters. Ap­pli­cants for the schol­ar­ship will be recommended to the CSM Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee by the Jude House board of di­rec­tors.

Roshonda D. Con­tee, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of The Jude House, said in the re­lease that the schol­ar­ship is an­other valu­able tool for clients, not­ing that statis­tics show that drug treat­ment alone will not sus­tain ab­sti­nence. “The in­crease in ed­u­ca­tion ad­vance­ment, con­sis­tent em­ploy­ment and an in­crease in self-es­teem will pro­vide enough mo­men­tum for clients to achieve and main­tain re­cov­ery. … With a schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­nity, Jude House clients will be af­forded a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion, en­trance into a new ca­reer and a chance to be­come pro­duc­tive mem­bers of so­ci­ety.

“I am so grate­ful for all the peo­ple in this room who look to give peo­ple a sec­ond chance,” Con­tee said at the sign­ing. “It’s just phe­nom­e­nal and goes be­yond words. Your ac­tions speak louder than words. So many are thrown to the way­side and see no room for growth and change. [You] are a group of peo­ple that see a need and act on it.”

“I never en­vi­sioned this,” De­bra Pro­haska, Jude House board pres­i­dent, said at the sign­ing. “Treat­ment is not [just] a process of 28 or 30 days. We’re go­ing to help these in­di­vid­u­als work on their ad­dic­tions and trig­gers, and now through this schol­ar­ship, they will be able to go to col­lege.”

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the lead­er­ship and sup­port of our ded­i­cated board of di­rec­tors, specif­i­cally Tammy Se­mega, and the Southern Mary­land’s Women’s League for be­ing vi­sion­ar­ies for this op­por­tu­nity and for bring­ing this to re­al­ity. We also greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the lead­er­ship and part­ner­ship of Dr. Mau­reen Mur­phy, pres­i­dent of the Col­lege of Southern Mary­land, who was a key stake­holder in bring­ing this to fruition,” Con­tee said in the re­lease.

Two Jude House clients have al­ready ex­pressed in­ter­est in the new schol­ar­ship. The com­mu­nity can sup­port the schol­ar­ship fund through gifts that can be made in mem­ory or in honor of peo­ple and through matches.

The Jude House is a medium-high and high-in­ten­sity long-term res­i­den­tial and out­pa­tient sub­stance use treat­ment fa­cil­ity lo­cated in Bel Al­ton. The Jude House pro­vides: in­di­vid­ual and group sub­stance abuse coun­sel­ing, and in­di­vid­ual and group be­hav­ioral health and men­tal hy­giene therapy for peo­ple di­ag­nosed with co-oc­cur­ring dis­or­ders. A res­i­den­tial stay is a min­i­mum of four months, but treat­ment can be re­quired for as long as a year.

In ad­di­tion to coun­sel­ing, the Jude House as­sists with iden­ti­fy­ing sta­ble and safe hous­ing for those who will need it upon com­ple­tion of treat­ment and of­fers job readi­ness train­ing and pos­si­ble job place­ment for some. Qual­i­fy­ing clients can also par­tic­i­pate in par­ent­ing classes, trauma and grief/ loss coun­sel­ing, re­ceive lit­er­acy as­sis­tance and be con­nected to com­mu­nity self-help groups.

For in­for­ma­tion about The Jude House, call 301-9320700 or go to www.thejude­house.org. For in­for­ma­tion about the Southern Mary­land Women’s League, go to www.smwl.org. For in­for­ma­tion about es­tab­lish­ing a schol­ar­ship at CSM or do­nat­ing to­ward an es­tab­lished fund, call 301-9347649 or go to https://foun­da­tion.csmd.edu/giv­ing/ in­dex.html.


Southern Mary­land Women’s League Pres­i­dent and CSM alum Suzanne Wi­ble, left, CSM Pres­i­dent Mau­reen Mur­phy and Jude House Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Dr. Roshonda D. Con­tee hold a check as SMWL mem­ber and Jude House board mem­ber Tammy Se­mega, Jude House Board Pres­i­dent De­bra Pro­haska, Jude House St. Mary’s Clin­i­cal Co­or­di­na­tor and CSM 2015 alum Jameika But­ler and Jude House res­i­den­tial clin­i­cal co­or­di­na­tor Pamela Neal-Robinson and Jude House Oper­a­tions and Di­rec­tor Jan­ice Ford cel­e­brate the es­tab­lish­ment of the Jude House Re­cov­ery Schol­ar­ship Fund.

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