Writing about mental illness on scholarship apps.

<p>I'm a senior in high school applying to one state school and four private universities (not top tier, but they are respectable institutions in my area that would better suit me). Since 2004 I have displayed the symptoms of bipolar disorder, although it was undiagnosed and of course, unmedicated. I was doing very well in school (was 1st in my class and was very involved in extracurricular activities) until the fall of 2007. I was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown and was then put on a changing regimen of medications. The breakdown was debilitating in the sense that I could not keep up with my studies. I eventually failed one class and had to change my schedule from AP classes to those of a regular level. Even with the regular classes, my grades weren't what they used to be. However, come summer of 2008, my condition vastly improved as my current regimen of medications worked very well. I got the support I needed, and I can say I have recovered. I am now in AP classes making straight As, and even with the lower grades of my junior year, I am currently 10th in my class. </p>

<p>As I am doing very well and have effectively dealt with my problems, do you think it would be okay for me to write about mental illness on a scholarship/college application (some of the colleges don't have scholarship applications. They give scholarships based on what is on your college application)? I know I cannot be legally rejected solely because of my illness, but I would just like some feedback as to whether this is a wise choice.</p>

<p>It might be a little chancy but if you can write it well then I think it would work. That's purely from my point of view and I don't work in any college.</p>