Scholarships & Financial Assistance

The Option Institute is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1983 by best-selling author (Happiness Is A Choice) Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman.. Each year, The Option Institute receives donations from many different people from all around the world. These donations allow us to provide scholarships and financial assistance for individuals who want to participate in our life changing programs. In the past 2 years, we have awarded close to 1.2 million in scholarships.

Scholarships are available to those needing financial assistance. To help us ensure that as many people as possible are assisted and so that we may distribute our allocated funds as fairly and evenly as possible we first encourage you to ask anyone you know that may be able to help — your family, friends, church, support groups. Our program counselors can discuss the availability of scholarship funds and other financial aid to help you finance your tuition.
Please contact Program Enrollment Department at (413) 229-2100 or email them at

Coming to The Option Institute has been a life-changing event which would not have been possible without financial assistance. As a teacher, I knew I wanted to be like the teachers at the Institute – clear, articulate, assertive, warm, fun and prepared. Then I hit a roadblock – I realized that I believed a teacher was a person who judges others and found myself taking it personally when my students did not do what I wanted them to do. Now I understand that I always have a choice and I can choose how I create my experience as a teacher. I’m looking forward to teaching from a place of empowerment. I’ve learned so much and feel enthusiastically ready to re-create my life any way I want to, regardless of past experiences.

Darlene Silas-Shorter, Teacher, Chicago, IL

My gratitude for the scholarship program at The Option Institute is limitless and profound.

Growing up, I fell into a cycle of unhappiness. In high school I judged myself as a “loser”. I was resigned to a life of mediocrity. A deep depression was followed by fibromyalgia. After working diligently for years with many medical and holistic treatments and protocols with no success, I was at the end of my rope. Finally, I found The Option Institute. But, there was no way I could afford to attend a program. The scholarship I received gave me the opportunity to attend Grand Summer Sequence (formerly Living The Dream Program), where I completely overcame my depression. I have recovered from the fibromyalgia as well.

Not only have I overcome these huge challenges, I am blossoming into the person I have always dreamed of being (but never dared!). I am forever liberated from the crippling beliefs that stood in the way of my happiness. I am indebted to The Option Institute and to you, the donors who support this work. I so firmly believe in the life-changing work of the Institute that I am planning to enroll in the Mentor Certification Program.

Your support as a donor has helped bring me to a very beautiful, peaceful place in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Mark Tyrrell, Artist, Canada

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BOGO – Buy One, Get One ½ off

Wake Up! With Bears & Samahria
June 14 - 19, 2020
Offer expires Feb 24th, 2020.

Call to Register: 413-229-2100

When you register for Wake Up! With Bears & Samahria at full price, you will receive a second Fearless program for 1/2 price. Discount only valid when both programs are booked at the same time.