Madison Holleran was a 2013 graduate of Northern Highlands High School in Allendale, NJ, where she excelled in academics as well as being a stellar athlete. She went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the track team.  Tragically, Madison took her own life during the Spring semester of her freshman year.  ESS and the Holleran family have named this scholarship in Madison’s memory to not only drive awareness about suicide prevention but also to hear from high school students about innovative approaches they believe their schools can take to help young adults navigate through the mental health challenges they are facing today.


Madison Holleran is described by many as beautiful, dedicated, intelligent, and incredibly athletic. Her best attribute however, was her kindness. Always looking out for others and offering a smile or joke, Madison was usually center of attention due to her undying ability to make others feel good. Every year, more than 40,000 Americans die by suicide. Our hope for this scholarship is that with your help, we can evoke real change with suicide prevention and bring more awareness to the importance of mental health.

Effective School Solutions and the Madison Holleran Foundation are awarding 4 scholarships, each worth $2,000, to four high school seniors in the state of New Jersey who exhibit innovative ideas regarding how mental health supports can be enhanced in the K-12 school system.  To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit an essay (~1,000 words) about an innovative mental health care initiative that could be implemented at their high school and across New Jersey. Click here for a scholarship application. Please submit your essay and scholarship application to [email protected] Scholarship awards will be made based on the innovation of ideas presented and the opportunity for ideas to make an impact in the state of New Jersey.  The contest will run from October 7th, 2019 through December 31st, 2019The award winners will be selected no later than January 31st, 2020 and notified by February 7th, 2020.

Please click here to review the Madison Holleran Mental Health Action Scholarship Eligibility and Contest Rules.