September 30, 2021

Higher Learning: Scholarships for Cannabis Creativity

This scholarship program provides an opportunity for students to bring fresh innovations to a growing industry.

In a not-so-distant past, writing an essay about cannabis likely would’ve landed most students in hot water. But as we start to enter a post-prohibition era, cannabis can provide a world of opportunity.

In this episode of A Tech Moment, Anthony Dutcher, CMO at Veriheal, joins Cannabis Tech to discuss the success of their second annual scholarship program. In 2020, Veriheal’s Cannabis Innovation Scholarship program began awarding $1,000 to students for their winning cannabis essays. Repeating the program in 2021, Veriheal just provided another 20 students with the award.

A few of the winning entries include:

  • A commercial-infused beverage creator was introduced by Matthew Vogel from Stockton University.
  • Camille Elliott, a nursing major at Villanova University, wants to improve strategies for teaching healthcare professionals to improve care for medical marijuana patients.
  • Benjamin Sanchez suggests improvements for greener chemistry practices in cannabis extraction. Sanchez is studying at Northwestern University with a major in Chemistry and a Minor in Environmental Policy and Culture.
  • Heather Edginton, a creative writing student at Mills College, is interested in alternative pain medications in equestrian treatment.
  • A Finance student at Metro State, University of Denver, Christina Hippensteel, wants to implement a plan to phase out single-use plastics in cannabis packaging.

Future Opportunities for Students

After giving away a total of 30 scholarships so far, Dutcher looks forward to continuing the scholarship program and encourages all students to check their website for news about the next opportunity to apply in the Spring of 2022.

A few qualifications include:

  • A 1,000+ word essay about how to improve the cannabis industry.
  • A transcript from your previous academic year. (High school students must include a letter of intent to the college they are attending.)

Beyond the Scholarships

Veriheal also contributes to a number of other charities and programs. Dutcher discusses the work his company is doing to put compassion and care before profits. In addition to helping students achieve their goals, the company also regularly contributes to several institutes, such as,

  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Liver Foundation
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Tourette Association of America

During the interview, Dutcher mentions a few other programs they are proud to be involved in and explains why cannabis businesses are particularly inclined to do more for their communities.

Watch the Podcast, Learn More

If you are interested in the scholarship program or would like to learn more about the programs Veriheal offers, check out the podcast above, or listen to the audio version below.