Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am eligible to apply for a scholarship?
Individuals struggling with financial barriers and who need inpatient/residential treatment for their eating disorders are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Both males and females who have identified the following are able to apply:
- Significant impairment in physical, emotional, or mental health
- Identified as needing inpatient/residential treatment by a Primary Care Physician, Therapist, Psychiatrist, or Dietitian
- Encounters barriers in acquiring the necessary funding for treatment
If you are currently being treated for an eating disorder at an inpatient/residential treatment facility you are not eligible for a scholarship. If you have previously received treatment, however require additional care, you are eligible.
Once I apply to the Manna Fund, how long will it be until I hear a reply?
A representative from Manna Fund will notify you by e-mail once the complete application is received, and will also inform you if there are any missing documents in your application. If you are chosen for a scholarship, Manna Fund will notify you directly by phone and letter; you do not need to call to ask.
How often are scholarships awarded?
Scholarships are not distributed under a specific timeline. Due to funding constraints, scholarships may not be available. Manna Fund is consistently seeking out additional funding, and will award scholarships to our applicants as it is made available.
How much can be awarded for a scholarship? Is there a limit?
Manna Fund seeks to award scholarships based on the need of the individual. When applying for a scholarship, please include financial quotes from more than one treatment facility. If at all possible, we will personally contact facilities to negotiate pricing, or direct you to a different facility.
Are scholarships given based on when the application was received or by the need of the applicant?
Scholarships are given based on the need of the applicant. Applications are reviewed by our Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC); a team of professionals skilled in treating eating disorders. Objective measures are used to determine who is in the greatest need of treatment. The CAC makes recommendations to the Executive Board of Directors, who then determines the award amount for the scholarship recipient(s).
Who should fill out the consent and authorization to release information form?
The legal-age adult (age 18) must sign all release forms. Applicants under the age of 18 must have the release forms signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Release of information forms are most commonly filled out so that we are able to receive information from your therapist, PCP, psychiatrist, dietitian, and family members involved in treatment.
What should I do for the required letters of recommendation if I do not have a psychiatrist, dietitian, therapist, or primary care physician?
If you are not seeing one of the above listed medical or helping professionals, please note on your application which of the professionals that you have seen in the past and the reason why you are not currently seeing them. Please have as many parties involved in your treatment complete letters of recommendation. Letters from other sources can be considered – pastors, teachers, sponsors, etc.
What are the lab requirements?
In order to be eligible for a scholarship we must have complete lab work. We require the following information when reviewing applocations:
- Completed blood count – CBC
- Complete metabolic panel – CMP
- Magnesium levels
- Phosphorous levels
- Amylase levels