Glenn Koons Certified Peer Specialist Scholarship Winner: 2014
The Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association have committed to honoring Glenn through the creation of a scholarship to be awarded to a promising Pennsylvania candidate for Certified Peer Specialist training. This scholarship is awarded annually to someone who embraces similar traits as Glenn's, such as the ability to engage others, share life experiences in recovery, provide leadership, and teach others these skills.
And the Winner is ....
The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association and the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania are pleased to announce Jeff Apsche of Doylestown, Pennsylvania as the recipient of the 2014 Glenn Koons Scholarship. The funds associated with this scholarship will cover the registration cost for his Certified Peer Specialist training this fall.
Thank you, Jeff, for speaking with us about your story of learning to let others in to help.
Jeff’s story - in his own words
I have a family history of depression and anxiety on one side and alcohol abuse on the other. When I was a teenager, I started drinking and that began many years of starting on things that ended badly.
I got married in my early 20s, earned a college degree, and worked as a software engineer for 15 years. Drugs were part of my life at one point. I did get clean but always had the drinking problem. Then, about 14 years ago I had a DUI, which led me to see my general practitioner for help. He prescribed Paxil but things still spiraled downward. After one particularly bad episode of depression I ended up at Lenape Valley Foundation.
It was there that I came to realize I couldn’t figure all of this out on my own; that I needed to use all of the tools and support in my life to really recover. It was a liberating moment when I let others in to help.
I used to cherry pick the tools I would use and the things in my life I would address. And I thought I was successful. But I realize now that, for me, just taking medication and eating well and exercising wasn’t enough. I was isolating myself from people and experiences that would help me recover.
While I was at Lenape, I participated in a peer support group and got to know everyone really well. At one point, I started leading a peer-run dual recovery group, which made me interested in eventually pursuing formal training.
Because I’m working part-time now I looked into funding for a training program and a friend told me about the Glenn Koons Scholarship. I am proud to be able to carry forward what Glenn believed in.
So many people have influenced me, especially my AA sponsor and peers at Lenape, that I now want to provide that same support to others. I have walked in their shoes and know you just can’t do it alone.
Make a Donation
If you would like to make a donation to the Glenn Koons Scholarship, you can make a donation online or by check.
Make a donation online using PayPal:
Write a check payable to PA Mental Health Consumers Association (PMHCA) and mail to:
4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Attention: Glenn Koons Scholarship
All donors will receive recognition when the scholarship is awarded.
Meet Our Donors
Meet our donors. Thank you to our donors who have made this scholarship possible.
For more information, or if you have questions, contact:
Lynn Keltz, Executive Director
PA Mental Health Consumers' Association
4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Sue Walther, Executive Director
Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania
1414 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103
The official registration and financial information of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.