Scholarships

P.E.A.S.E Community Foundation supports students in recovery continuing thier education after P.E.A.S.E Academy. Below you will find Scholarships that have been setup to help support P.E.A.S.E graduates along with the stories behind them.

Hannah Gildemeister Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Andrea Gildemeister of Bogota, Colombia passed away unexpectedly on August 17, 2020 at the age of 20. Hannah attended P.E.A.S.E Academy. Hannah will be lovingly remembered for her lively spirit and unapologetic authenticity – she wore her heart on her sleeve. Fiercely independent and extremely resourceful, Hannah moved through life undaunted. She was small yet mighty. Hannah’s compassion for others led her to always look out for the underdog. She lived her life with an adventurous spirit. Her radiant smile and heart-warming giggle will be deeply missed by many, and she will always be loved.

This Scholarship was setup by Hannah’s family in her remembrance and to continue to support P.E.A.S.E Academy students in their recovery journey. *One Scholarship is awarded to a P.E.A.S.E graduate annually.

Emily Suhrhoff-Onken Memorial Scholarship

Emily Ann Suhrhoff Onken was born May 30, 2001 in Windom, MN.  She grew up in rural Westbrook and attended Westbrook Walnut Grove Schools.  She graduated high school from P.E.A.S.E. Academy in Minneapolis, a school for kids in recovery. She attended Augsburg University, Minneapolis, participating in the Step-Up Program which provides sober living and support for students in recovery. She intended to earn a Masters in Social Work. She also worked at Partnership Resources, an adult foster care program for developmentally disabled adults. She loved her clients and her clients loved her. She delighted in their joy.

Emily was an exceptional writer and poet. She was very intelligent and had great insight. She was a very effective communicator. Among her talents were singing, dance, speech and acting. She loved theatre. She enjoyed traveling with her family. Emily had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. She made us laugh. She made us smile. She was caring and loving, especially to those in need.

For most of her life, Emily struggled with mental illness and addiction. When in treatment and in recovery, she touched and helped many people along the way. She gave presentations to those in recovery and volunteered her time. She strived to educate and eliminate the stigma surrounding her diseases. Instead of asking for birthday gifts, she asked relatives to donate to certain causes. Emily found Christ and accepted him into her life and found comfort in Him. She attended different churches, but her favorite was Eagle Brook Church.

She was a great big sister and a loving daughter. We will miss her so much. She was destined to do great things through advocacy and service to others, but there is no cure for mental illness or addiction. They stole her from us far too soon. Emily passed away on August 4, 2022 at the age of 21.

This Scholarship is in remembrance of Emily and to continue to support P.E.A.S.E Academy students in their recovery journey. *One Scholarship is awarded to a P.E.A.S.E graduate annually.

“I didn’t have interests or hobbies or anything. So finding what I really liked doing was really beneficial to me. Because if you don’t have fun, then you’re not going to stay sober.”

Rebecca Ronning, 24, Minnesota, New York Times

“Teen And Family Services has allowed our teen to separate from his addiction. We had been in therapy for a few months prior to TAFS without any benefit. Our teen is now six months drug free and we wish we had learned about this program sooner.”

Kyle, TAFS Parent, TAFS

“My sobriety date is January 22, 2012. One of the reasons why I feel like I have been able to stay sober this long, is because of the TAFS summer trip. I gained new tools to grow as a young person in recovery. TAFS is an experience that I can never recreate or replace. It has taught me that I could have fun without the use of drugs and alcohol, and that I could gain fellowship with real friends. The amount of gratitude is unmeasurable, and it has surely change the course of my life.”

Andrew, TAFS Graduate , TAFS

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