Tempest Scholarship Program

Since 2014, the Tempest Scholarship Program has focused on ensuring access to high quality recovery care for some of the world’s most overaffected and underserved communities. Your contributions can help provide care to those who need it most. Donations to the Tempest Scholarship Program help support individuals selected by our nonprofit partners from LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities who are most likely to benefit from having access to Tempest Membership. Select one of the options below to donate.

Supporter ($59)

Help a member for a month


Partner ($300)

Help a member for six months


Visionary ($495)

Help a member for a year


Two ways to give

How Your Money Makes An Impact

Support a BIPOC or LGBTQIA+ community member

When you visit jointempest.com/scholarship to make a donation, you can choose to donate amounts to sponsor one month, six months or a full year of free Tempest membership for one or more members. Our nonprofit partners will select individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are BIPOC and are most likely to benefit from free Tempest membership. Once our nonprofit partners inform selected individuals of their scholarship award, those scholars receive credentials to join Tempest, free of charge, gaining full access to the Tempest platform, its communities and resources. For any additional questions email .

Support a family member or friend in need

Send an email to support@jointempest.com indicating the name and email address of the person you’d like to sponsor Tempest membership for and whether you’d like to sponsor your friend or family member for one month, six months or a full year of free Tempest membership. From there, a Tempest team member will contact you with next steps for processing your donation and helping your friend or family member join the platform. The individual(s) you sponsor will receive credentials to join Tempest, free of charge, gaining full access to the Tempest platform, its communities and resources.

Our Partners

Santana’s Foundation

Nonprofit Partner

Santana’s Foundation is a nonprofit whose focus is empowering and educating underserved communities. Santana’s Foundation is proud to partner with Tempest to meet the foundation’s existing goal to help 1,000 black men gain access to high quality recovery care.

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Nico Tortorella

Scholarship Chairperson

Nico Tortorella (they/them) is Tempest’s first Scholarship Chairperson. An actor, author and advocate, Tortorella is committed to using their platform to help as many people as possible change their relationship with alcohol. Tortorella is a proud advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. Now entering their sixth year of sobriety, they are passionate about normalizing sober living and making sure anyone seeking help with their alcohol use can receive the care they need regardless of their circumstances.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When and why was the Tempest Scholarship Program created?

The Tempest Scholarship Program has been in existence since the inception of Tempest (formerly known as Hip Sobriety) which was founded in 2014. Since 2020, when the company launched its membership model amid the pandemic, more than 400 people have received Tempest scholarships to gain access to care they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.

Cost is a big barrier to alcohol recovery treatment for some communities. The Tempest Scholarship Program allows anyone to sponsor a Tempest membership for someone who needs it, but may not be able to afford to join.

What has changed about the way the scholarship program works?

Tempest previously offered discounted memberships to individuals who expressed an inability to afford care. In 2021, Tempest discontinued it’s individual scholarship offering in favor of granting scholarships to larger groups of people in need through our nonprofit partnerships. This change will enable us to help even more people in need of recovery care.

If I want to join Tempest but cannot afford membership, can I apply for a scholarship for myself?

At this time, individuals cannot apply for Tempest scholarships. Scholarships will only be awarded to individuals selected by our nonprofit partners.


Why can’t Tempest just give memberships away for free?

Tempest offers intensive treatment, at a fraction of a cost, for an underserved and over affected market. For alcohol alone, 65M Americans meet the criteria for problematic drinking or alcohol use disorder. Of those 65M Americans, only 1M, or 2%, receive treatment for their disorder. Many of them do not seek recovery treatment due to the barriers of cost.

Tempest remains one of the most cost-efficient options for people seeking clinically proven recovery treatment. The cost of a month of inpatient rehab can run anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000, while outpatient and intensive outpatient programs can run anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 for an 8-week program. Tempest is proven to be as effective as traditional rehab options, with memberships starting as low as $41/month.

When I donate, what happens to my money?

When you contribute to the Tempest Scholarship Program, we notify our nonprofit partners of your donation and they identify an individual in need of Tempest membership. We then assist that individual in joining the Tempest platform free of charge. At this time, our nonprofit partners are focused on providing access specifically to individuals from BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities in need.

How do Tempest’s nonprofit partners determine who receives scholarships?

Our nonprofit partners are already engaged in community building with members of the underserved communities we intend to increase access for. Individuals selected to receive sponsored Tempest memberships must identify as a BIPOC or LGBTQIA+. Our nonprofit partners will do outreach in these communities to identify individuals in need of recovery care. Those individuals will complete a short application, sharing basic details about themselves and their history. The nonprofit will then review those applications and select scholars.

If I donate, is my donation tax deductible?

No. Tempest is a for profit organization, so contributions are not tax deductible.

Can I donate a membership to a specific person?

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