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Moonshadow's Spirit, Inc.

Moonshadow's Spirit

Note: AnorexiaScholarship.com works actively with this organization, helping with the submission process. They are actively seeking applications from those who need help. If you wish to submit, please download the application form below and send it to them when complete. Please contact us at any time in the process through the email address listed on our contact page , to verify certain requirements.

Application Form: Moonshadow's Spirit Application

Moonshadow's Spirit, Inc. honors the memory of Jennifer Mathiason by offering need-based financial assistance to individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis who are seeking treatment at residential facilities or intensive partial hospitalization program facilities.

Update as of March, 2015:

Since March of 2010 we have given 43 awards for a total of nearly $97,000. The Application Committee met Monday and decided on another award. So it's possible we'll be above $100,000 soon, but that always depends on whether the applicant can use our award.

Our awards have ranged from $500 to $7,000 and average about $2500. The criteria is based upon urgency, financial need, commitment to treatment and post-treatment support. At this point we only provide awards for people seeking residential treatment or PHP. In some cases, on an exception basis, we have provided for travel.


Individual must have an eating disorder diagnosis or is being evaluated/assessed for an eating disorder by a licensed health or mental health professional. DSM IV diagnoses include: Anorexia, Bulimia, BED*, EDNOS**

Financial awards are specifically for residential treatment or partial hospitalization programs. Intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment are not eligible.

The financial award is intended to assist in the cost of the treatment program which the individual wishes to enter; therefore, monies will be paid directly to the facility.

The treatment facility must have an eating disorder program, and have at least one licensed, clinical professional with a specialty in eating disorders on staff.

Financial awards are not intended to cover payments for past treatment. Award money cannot be used for past treatment, with one exception. If the applicant submits an application while admitted in an approved treatment facility, and that same applicant is discharged prior to award determination by the application committee, then an award may be granted to cover treatment between the application date and date of discharge. This exception does not apply in cases where the applicant leaves treatment against medical advice (AMA) or due to noncompliance. The award amount may not exceed the cost of treatment incurred between the application date and discharge date.

ED Referral

Link to Scholarship Info

The Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center is providing "Scholarships" to help deserving individuals obtain treatment from a competent psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders.

The Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center will to contribute 5 sessions at a significantly reduced rate, which will be paid for by $250 Scholarships.


Rebecca's Eating Disorder Foundation

Rebecca's Foundation

We provide partial scholarships for clients with eating disorders who want recovery, but do not have the funds. We screen each scholarship applicant for motivation, determination, willingness, need, and appropriate level of care. Our scholarships can also be given to other California inpatient treatment programs, if necessary.

Manna Fund

Manna Fund Scholarship Link

Manna Fund provides funds for residential and inpatient eating disorder treatment for individuals lacking insurance coverage or for those with inadequate insurance coverage. Manna Fund grants scholarships to recipients by providing direct payment to partnering eating disorder treatment facilities.

Columbus Park Collaborative

Location: New York City

Columbus Park Link

We work with the insurance companies for some of the local colleges/universities such as Columbia University, Barnard University, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University and Fordham University. In some cases, we may also be able to access out-of-network insurance benefits. Please contact us directly so that we may clarify your benefits.

We understand that financing high quality treatment may place a strain on patients and their families. At CPC we do everything we can to work with our patients to make treatment financially feasible. This effort may involve fee adjustment based on proven financial need. We consider the anticipated course and length of treatment in addition to the patient's financial resources when setting the fee and pay schedule. We encourage open communication around the issue of finances and find that we are often able to find manageable solutions.

Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment

Location: Long Beach, California

Shoreline Center

"We understand the difficult challenges families face during this economical time, and so we would like to extend a one-month scholarship to Satori House to support a family in need." Satori House, located in the Belmont Shores area of Long Beach, California, only one block from the ocean, is a non-clinical residence for those working towards recovery from all forms of eating disorders.

Project HEAL

Project Heal Scholarship Info

We fund inpatient, residential and outpatient treatment for eating disorder sufferers who want to recover but do not have the financial means to do so.

Project HEAL's primary criteria for selecting grant recipients is motivation. We fund applicants who want to recover from their eating disorders, and are ready to do the hard work required.

Additionally, we prioritize applicants who are likely to do well in treatment based upon research regarding the predictors of sustained recovery from eating disorders such as shorter length of illness, fewer hospitalizations, and well thought out supports and motivators for after treatment.

If you have had the illness for a longer time and multiple stays in treatment, you may still apply, but will need to strongly articulate why you want to get better now and why this time is different.

Finally, financial need is taken into account. In the event that the clinical advisory board receives multiple applications from equally appropriate candidates for the treatment grant, a lottery system will be used.

      Their website indicates 20 scholarship recipients as of 3/1/2015.

Kirsten Haglund Foundation

Kirsten Scholarship Page Link

Kirsten Haglund (Miss America 2008) has a scholarship fund. Her website indicates that at least 4 people have been helped.

Eating Disorder Network of Central Florida

ED Network

Location: Central Florida, US

Providing eating disorder treatment scholarships to individuals in the Central Florida community.

Download our Scholarship Application

Milestones Program

Milestones Program

Location: Cooper City, Florida

We offer a reduced fee for those with limited or no insurance coverage. The programs offered at Milestones are for men and women who are at least 18 years of age.


Care Florida

C.A.R.E. recognizes that treatment may not be affordable for all individuals. Through our not-for-profit organization, Help an Addict, we are able to provide a limited number of partial scholarships to deserving individuals.

For information about our scholarship program, or how to apply, please call an admissions counselor at 1-866-494-0866 and we will help you.

The Eating Disorder program provides a healing place for dual diagnosis clients with both eating disorders and chemical dependency issues. C.A.R.E. Florida 321 Northlake Blvd. Suite 102 North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Rogers Memorial Hospital

Rogers Memorial Hospital


  • Brown Deer, WI
  • Kenosha, WI
  • Madison, WI
  • West Allis, WI
  • Tampa, FL
Rogers offers residential, step-down, and inpatient programs. It is said to be very good and very inexpensive.

Rogers Center for Research and Training

Rogers Studies

As of March, 2015 there are no studies for eating disorders, but 5 studies for mental disorders that are commonly coexisting with EDs.

Castlewood Treatment Center

Castlewood Link

This month, Castlewood announced a partnership with The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness that highlights Castlewood's on-going campaign. Castlewood will also use a walk as an opportunity to help raise money for scholarships for The Alliance to help those who cannot afford treatment.

Free Treatment Services

Mercy Ministries * Free 6 month program *

Mercy Ministries



  • Nashville, TN
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Monroe, LA (near Shreveport)
  • Lincoln, CA (near Sacramento)

Mercy Ministries free-of-charge, voluntary, faith-based residential program serves young women from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy.

At any one time there are between 400 and 600 young women in the application process.

The Mercy program is based on Christian principles and teachings but uses proven methods and professional counseling staff to serve a diverse population of young women from across the United States. Our program is designed to provide the women we serve with the tools necessary to break free from the destructive cycles controlling their lives and to instead live healthy, independent, Christian lifestyles. The Mercy program lasts approximately six months.

Long Island Eating Disorders

Long Island Eating Disorders

Below is a list of places that offer FREE support for eating disorders and related issues. Please be sure to contact any support program prior to attendance to verify dates and locations. If you have a free support event on Long Island or in the Metro NY area, please feel free to submit it to us for listing.


Susan Jungman
(516) 280-3544

ED-180 Treatment Programs offers a full scholarship, 6-week intensive outpatient eating disorder program for qualified military personnel who have actively served overseas in the U.S. armed services within the past 10 years. For details, please contact us.

ED-180 Treatment Programs offers partial scholarships for financially qualified individuals who attend the ED-180 intensive outpatient eating disorder program.

Free Support Groups


ED-180 Treatment Programs offers free open support groups led by eating disorder therapists and clinicians for patients, families and loved ones suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related conditions.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the ED-180 offices at:

300 Garden City Plaza, Suite 312,
Garden City, NY 11530.

For upcoming schedule and more information, contact Susan Jungman at smjungman@verizon.net or call (516) 280-3544.

Port Jefferson, NY - John T. Mather Hospital

has meetings that are held on the 1st Monday of each month from 7-8:30pm. Groups are led by professionals who specialize in eating disorders and open to sufferers (anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating), their friends, parents, spouses and significant others.

For information call 631-473-3877.

Huntington, NY - Huntington Hospital

offers a free open support group for people with eating disorders, their families and friends on the 1st Sunday of every month from 10-11:30am. Meeting in:

Conference Room 1
Huntington Hospital
270 Park Ave., Huntington, NY 11743

For additional information or directions, please call Ms. Gedeon at (631) 427-0002 or Ms. Brodsky at (516) 241-5193.

Nassau County, NY * Nassau County Intergroup for OA

Nassau County Intergroup

offers free 12-step meetings and support throughout Nassau, Long Island, NY. For more information and a list of meeting locations and event calendar go to the website.

Medford, NY * Suffolk County Intergroup Overeaters Anonymous (OA)


is a 12-step program for those suffering from binge eating and compulsive overeating.

Contact the Suffolk County Intergroup:
231 Buffalo Ave.
Medford, N.Y. 11763

New York, NY - First Things First For Eating Disorders

is a free monthly interactive motivational workshop for those affected by an eating disorder. They also provide personalized phone help and support. A one-time email or phone registration allows you to attend as many meetings as you would like without re-registering.

Each monthly meeting is held on a Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in Manhattan at 19 West 34th Street, in Suite 301, on the Third Floor. For registration, more information, or phone help and support contact Ellen Schieren at ESchieren@yahoo.com (516) 510-9001.

New York, NY - The Eating Disorder Resource Center

ED Resource Center

offers a free monthly support group on Monday evenings from 8:30-9:30pm the first Monday of every month. For more information call 212-989-3987 or visit the website.

This is a FREE group, but advanced RSVP is essential. Please email info@edrcnyc.com to register.

New York, NY - The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

offers support group meetings that take place in at their office in NYC. Options include - For those who are suffering: Over 40, Pursuing Recovery (for anyone pursuing recovery from an eating disorder), and General (for those affected and the loved ones of those with an eating disorder). All groups are free, however all participants must have signed the required paperwork in order to attend. Please contact Lauren Smolar at 212-575-6200 x 317 or email to: supportgroups@myneda.org for more information.

The Joy Project

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Free Support Group

The Joy Project hosts weekly support groups. This is a safe space for members of the community who are struggling to recover from eating disorders. Anyone affected by eating disorder or body image issues is welcome. Friends and family members are welcome as well.

Support group meetings are held on Monday nights from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at:

University Lutheran Church of Hope
601 13th Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414


The 3rd Annual Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders

ED Conference

on Saturday, May, 2nd, 2015, 8:30am-5pm - Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus * This year's conference is co-hosted by ED-180 and LIU, CW Post who will be offering complimentary 6 CEU's from the National Board of Certified Counselors. Presenter's will include national experts with eating disorder treatment as well as stories from patients who have found recovery. Full conference information may be found at the website.


NIH Clinical Trials

Active clinical trials in the US currently recruiting:

These studies are looking for participants. Studies may give free treatment or compensation for participating.

Anorexia Nervosa studies:
18 Results / March 2015

Bulimia studies:
10 Results / March 2015

Binge Eating studies:
21 results / March 2015

Eating Disorder studies:
189 results / March, 2015

University of Chicago - March, 2015

11 U of Chicago Studies

Eleven of the studies listed in this link are actively recruiting participants, including an Anorexia study offered to Illinois residents which gives 6 months of treatment at no cost.

Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia Link

Our program is part of New York State Psychiatric Institute, located at Columbia University Medical Center. The unit provides comprehensive clinical services based on best practices.

Our program is unique in its ability to offer treatment at no cost in exchange for participation in research. As a result, length of stay is not limited by finances, and allows patients more time to experience normalization of eating behaviors.

University of California San Diego Studies - March, 2015


fMRI Studies

You may receive compensation up to $200.00 for completion of the study. We may also be able to provide travel compensation to San Diego.

Who may be eligible?
  • Women ages 18-45 who have recovered from Anorexia or Bulimia or who have never had an eating disorder diagnosis
  • Currently medication-free (birth control pills acceptable)
  • Not pregnant or nursing
What does the study involve?
  • One brain scan (fMRI)
  • Blood samples and physical exam
  • Phone interviews, neurocognitive assessments, and self-report questionnaires
PET Studies

This is a two day PET (Positron Emission Tomography) study. It requires the injection of small amounts of radioactive tracers while you lie in a special scanner.

The compensation for completing both PET scans is $750. We may also be able to provide travel compensation to San Diego.

Who may be eligible?
  • Women ages 18-45 who have recovered from Anorexia or Bulimia or who have never had an eating disorder diagnosis
  • Currently medication-free (birth control pills acceptable)
  • No serious medical problems
  • Not pregnant or nursing
If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the above research studies, please call Daria Orlowska at (858) 534-8031 or email edresearch@ucsd.edu.

Johns Hopkins Studies

Johns Hopkins Current Studies

Location: Maryland

Anorexia Nervosa Study March, 2015

Site Principal Investigator: Angela S. Guarda, M.D
Johns Hopkins researchers are conducting a placebo-controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of a research medication in the treatment of adults with anorexia nervosa. Participants will be offered 16 weeks of medication (active or inactive) and weekly outpatient medical monitoring by a psychiatrist. The treatment will be provided at no cost. To participate, you must have anorexia nervosa, be 18-55 years old, be medically stable for outpatient treatment, and complete assessments (interviews, questionnaires and medical evaluations) at intervals throughout the 16-week study and at 1- and 2-month follow-ups. Information gathered will remain confidential. Call (410) 955-3863 or contact Angela Guarda, M.D at aguarda@jhmi.edu for more information (NA_00040741).

Bulimia Nervosa Study March, 2015

Principal Investigator: Angela S. Guarda, M.D.

We are seeking female subjects (18 yrs old and older) with bulimia nervosa to participate in an outpatient research study examining the relationship between stress and eating. This study requires you to drink a chocolate shake, place your hand in an ice bath, and have your blood drawn. Participation involves an initial 30 min screening and two (approx. 3.5 hour each) morning sessions. You will be paid up to $120 for your participation. For more information call Dr. Margaret Seide (410)-955-8003 or email at mseide2@jhmi.edu Click here for flyer (NA_00032632)

University of Minnesota, March, 2015

U of M Link

Binge Eating Study

Individuals ages 18-65 who struggle with binge eating, compulsive overeating, emotional eating, or eating in the absence of hunger are needed for a research study offering free psychotherapy. Compensation provided at final evaluation visit. For more information about this University of Minnesota study, please call 612-625-1542 or email: anpalm@umn.edu.

Anorexia Nervosa Study

Are you underweight with symptoms of anorexia nervosa (for instance, feeling fat and/or fearing weight gain)? The University of Minnesota is seeking underweight adults with symptoms of anorexia nervosa to participant in a study of gut bacteria. If you would like more information, please call: 612-625-1542 or email: anpalm@umn.edu.

Anorexia Nervosa Neuroimaging Study

The University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry is seeking adult females with anorexia nervosa to participate in a study examining if there are structural or chemical differences in the brains of people with anorexia nervosa compared to those without this disorder. Compensation is provided. If you would like more information, please call: 612-625-1542 or email: anpalm@umn.edu.
Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa Needed for Anxiety Reactivity Study

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are seeking adult females with anorexia nervosa to participate in a study to find out if people with anorexia nervosa respond to stressful experiences differently than people who do not have this disorder. Compensation is provided. If you would like more information, please call: 612-625-1542 or email: anstudy@umn.edu.

Control Participants Needed for Anxiety Reactivity Study

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are seeking healthy adults to serve as control participants in a study to find out if people with anorexia nervosa respond to stressful experiences differently than people who do not have this disorder. Compensation is provided. If you would like more information, please call: 612-625-1542 or email: anstudy@umn.edu.

Five more studies on adolescent Bipolar, Depression and Anxiety Disorder, ages 8-18 (Bipolar 1 study ages 18-80):

5 More Studies

New York Presbyterian - March, 2015

Eating Disorder Center

Placebo Controlled Medication Study for Adults with Anorexia Nervosa
Involves medical monitoring and medication
Age: 18-55 years
Criteria: Diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa and no other major medical or psychiatric problems
Duration/Length: 16 weekly sessions (approx. 1 hour) with follow-ups at 20 and 24 weeks
Contact: (914)-682-5475

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston - March, 2015

Current Studies

A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of RM-131

The Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking women with anorexia nervosa who do not take hormones and who are between the ages of 18-45 years old.

We are conducting a research study examining the effects of a new drug in women with anorexia nervosa and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Participants will receive physical examinations, nutritional analyses and hormonal evaluations.

The study includes a screening visit and 6 outpatient visits. Participants will receive up to $1000 plus transportation reimbursement.

For more information or to find out if you're eligible to participate, please contact Pouneh Fazeli, MD at 617-726-1347 or pkfazeli@partners.org.

The Role of PTH in Low Bone Mass in Anorexia Nervosa

The Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking women with anorexia nervosa who are 30-70 years old and have osteoporosis for a research study. We are studying the use of a natural hormone as a treatment for bone loss.

The study includes a screening visit, seven outpatient visits over the course of six months, and an optional follow-up visit at least six months later.

Participants receive physical examinations, nutritional analyses, hormonal evaluations, blood tests, and measurements of bone density. Either a natural hormone or a placebo (contains no active ingredients) will be administered in the form of a daily injection. There is no cost for participation in the study, and participants will receive up to $725 compensation. Remuneration is not provided for the screening visit; however, parking and/or public transportation costs will be reimbursed for each visit to MGH.

For more information or to find out if you're eligible to participate, please contact Spenser Wright at 617-724-5406 or swright15@partners.org.

Homeostatic and Hedonic Food Motivation Underlying Eating Disorder Trajectories

If you are a low-weight female between the ages of 10 and 21 years old you may be eligible for a research study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the relationship between hormones, brain activity and appetite. MRI is a non-invasive way to view brain activity without using X-rays.

This study includes one screening visit to confirm eligibility and three morning visits which will include a meal, questionnaires, blood draws and two MRI scans. Visits will be spread over 18 months and will occur at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and at the Martinos Biomedical Imaging Center in Charlestown, MA.

Eligible participants will receive up to $400 for completing the study. Local transportation and parking costs will be reimbursed.

In order to be eligible, participants must be willing to not take oral contraceptives (birth control pills) or other medication containing hormones and must be able and willing to participate in MRI scans.

Please follow the link below to fill out our survey or contact Meghan Slattery, NP, via email at mslattery@partners.org or by phone at (617) 643-0267 for more information.

IGF-1 and Bone Loss in Women with Anorexia Nervosa

Recruiting Women with Eating Disorders for Research Studies at MGH

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are conducting a wide variety of studies investigating bone health, genetics, and treatment for bone loss and anxiety and depression in women with anorexia nervosa. You may be eligible if you are female and between 18 and 45 years old. The studies include outpatient visits at MGH with compensation up to $1000.

If you are interested, please contact Sarah Horton at sehorton@partners.org or 617-724-7129 for more information.