Drug court graduates to receive scholarships

On Wednesday, July 11, at 2 p.m., three drug treatment court alumni will be recognized as the 2012 winners of the Joshua Charles Short Scholarship. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts, president and founder of the RESTORE Foundation, along with Suzanne Okun, mother of Joshua Short, will present the awards.

Joshua Charles Short was just 20 years old when he died of an overdose in 2008. Okun recognized she could not remain quiet about her son's death and courageously decided to create a memorial scholarship not only to honor her son but also to support those who have overcome their own addictions and continue in their journey of recovery.

All Oakland County Adult and Juvenile Drug Court graduates are eligible for the annual $1,000 scholarship awards, providing that they have maintained their sobriety and are actively "giving back" to their communities in some fashion. Applicants for the scholarship must apply by May 1 of each year, be willing to submit to drug testing, and relay how they are contributing to their respective community. The scholarship application can be viewed and submitted via the RESTORE Foundation's website at www.therestorefoundation.org.

The scholarship, with an initial contribution from Shore Mortgage, is a specific fund of the RESTORE Foundation, the nonprofit that was created to financially sustain the Oakland County Circuit Court Drug Treatment Court Programs.

The 2012 award recipients include Cory G., one of the first Juvenile Drug Court graduates, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in immunology and infectious diseases at Washington State University. Caitlin K., who is currently pursuing studies at Oakland Community College, also will receive a $1,000 scholarship on July 11. The third recipient will be Ryan C., who is pursuing his master's degree in counseling psychology at Wayne State University.

"Ms. Okun not only offers her efforts in fund-raising for Joshua's scholarship, but speaks to the dangers of drug abuse and shares her story with youth around the metro area in hopes of preventing other teens and their mothers from the pain she has endured," a spokesman for the RESTORE Foundation said.

For further information about the Joshua Charles Short Scholarship, contact Okun, the interim executive director of The RESTORE Foundation, at (248) 433-3300.

Published: Mon, Jul 9, 2012