Tempest Scholarship Program

Tempest offers financial aid for those who are unable to afford our membership at full price. We also focus on giving scholarships to people from communities disproportionately affected by addiction, and those who have typically been less represented in traditional recovery spaces—people who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), LGBTQIA+, disabled, veterans, or those who are living at or below the poverty line.


Our scholarships offer financial assistance on a sliding scale, depending on each individual applicant’s situation.

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“I appreciate that intersectionality is the default. My identity doesn’t exist outside of my addiction.”

Tempest Member and Scholarship Recipient

Who’s eligible for the Tempest Scholarship Program?

Anyone who would benefit from Tempest Membership but can’t afford it at full price is eligible for our Scholarship Program. We prioritize granting scholarships to people from communities disproportionately impacted by addiction and those who’ve typically been less represented in traditional recovery spaces: people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+, disabled, veterans, and those who are living at or below the poverty line.

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Impact Statement
For every membership purchased, we give $5 back into our Tempest Scholarship Fund to support individuals who are unable to afford membership at full price.

Can I sponsor a friend or family member’s Tempest Membership?

Absolutely. In addition to the Tempest Scholarship Program, you are able to sponsor friends or family members who could benefit from Tempest Membership.

If you have a friend or family member that you would like to support in joining Tempest, here’s how it works:

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

Our Partners

Nico Tortorella

Scholarship Chairperson

Nico Tortorella 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 seventh year of recovery, they are passionate about normalizing living alcohol-free 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 apply for membership on a sliding scale or sponsor someone who needs it, but may not be able to afford to join.

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

Yes! You can apply using the form above.

Can I donate a membership to a specific person?

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