The Stephan D. Weiss Foundation offers funding to establish programs intended to improve the overall quality of psychological health in college students. We encourage experience-based development programs and applied research. To be considered, programs must identify students at risk, assess their functioning, engage them in treatment and support programs,  and effectively manage their functional limitations and promote on-time graduation. These programs must offer reproducible results that are cost-effective in training and delivery of service.


With growing national concerns regarding the prevalence and complexityof mental and behavioral health issues among college students and the negative impact that these disorders have on the health and safety of higher education communities, student retention, student learning/academic progress and the human potential of students in higher education, the Weiss Fund is providing support for a grant offering through the auspices of the American College Health Foundation.

The Weiss Award is sponsored by the Stephan D. Weiss Foundation and the Weiss Fund of the American College Health Foundation. It is intended to encourage students to develop creative initiatives that will enhance mental health service delivery to students through innovative programs which can be replicated at other colleges or universities. The Award of $2500 annually will support program development than can demonstrate measurable success in student retention for those students whose mental health problems might otherwise compromise the quality of their college experience and jeopardize the likelihood of their graduation.

Through these programs, the Foundation strives to create opportunities for “at-risk” college students so that they will succeed in college, graduate, and lead successful personal lives as adults. The following areas illustrate student-based programs to be advanced by future funding opportunities.

  • Educational programs supporting student retention
  • Social and cultural programs that build self-confidenceand awareness of life-enhancing opportunities
  • Personal growth programs to encourage productive adulthood


The Weiss Writing Prize was initiated in 2010 and is funded by the Weiss Foundation and offered by the American College Health Foundation as a $1500 award to the lead author of a pivotal publication in college mental health. The winning article should demonstrate a successful student retention program for those with mental health issues.The publication should provide creative programmatic solutions that can be implemented on other diverse campuses.



Susan Pasco, PhD, LCSW-R, Syracuse Univ. with Stephan D. Weiss, PhD, Weiss Foundation

The publication submitted by Susan Pasco, PhD can be read here. Please click on the link below.

The Impact of Experiential Exercises on Communication and Relational Skills in a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program for College Resident Advisors