Brother Sam Lustgarten honored for an excellent Mental Health Scholarship Fund
Sam Lustgarten, Epsilon Xi Chapter '07 at Colorado State Univershity in Fort Collins, became an advocate for suicide prevention after dealing firsthand with the death of a friend.
Brother Lustgarten coped with the situation by creating a scholarship benefiting undergraduate psychology students with an interest in helping people who suffer from mental health issues. As a psychology major himself, Lustgarten wanted to draw attention to the subject of suicide prevention.
"There's hope for people who are suffering, and there's hope for people who can help these people," said Brother Lustgarten. "We're always going to remember those who have passed, and at the same time, we're never going to stop fighting for them. Always remember, never surrender."
Created on April 19, 2010, the Always Remember, Never Surrender Scholarship provides support to students who are pursuing human service professions and making contributions to their communities. To date, the scholarship fund has collected more than $21,000 through donations.
The Jed Foundation, a national organization working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students, awarded Lustgarten the 2011 Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Honorable Mention. This award was created to honor students who raise awareness and encourage dialogue about mental health issues on their campuses and in their communities.
Brother Lustgarten graduated in May 2011, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and is currently a graduate student at Colorado State University studying applied social psychology. His career goals include counseling psychology or public service.
For more information about Brother Lustgarten and the Always Remember, Never Surrender Scholarship, visit www.alwaysrememberscholarship.com.