14 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 100 Recipients in 9 Years

(July 5, 2021) – Support our Nonprofit and our initatives like our Autism Scholarship Program here. Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to fourteen young adults with autism:

Addison Emily Grace Barnes (Owasso, OK) Christopher Mcardle (Columbus, OH) Alexander Diamond (Waukesha, WI) Brielle Taylor Williams (Parker, CO) Brooke Sylvia Njoki Bachia (Maplewood, NJ), Emily Mandy (Fayetteville, NC), Isaac Barlow (Colorado Sprigns, CO), Jared Taylor Keith Merrill Willkians (Kihei, HI), Kevin F Troy Jr (Franklin Square, NY), Luke Thomas Brassard (Montpelier, VT) Marcus Lo (Los Angeles, CA), Noah John Georges (Oak Hill, VA) Roberto Carlos Pluma (San Diego, CA), and Shaun Bernal (Jefferson City, MO).

With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded one-hundred (100) scholarships to students with autism in the last 9 years.

This semester gave KFM Making A Difference the most scholarship applications they’ve ever received. With that they gave fourteen (14) scholarships to some bright students on the autism spectrum.

“As an autistic child who dealt with many obstacles, I’m honored to be able to give back to our community in this way. When I started this scholarship program, I could never have imagined we’d get to the point of giving 100 scholarships for autistic students for college. Over 90 young autistic adults applied.” says Kerry Magro, founder, and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “I always wish we could give even more scholarships out each year which is why our nonprofit needs to continue to receive donations to support these students.”

The scholarship winners have been accepted into and will be attending universities including The University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Brigham Young University, Rutgers University-Newark, Belhaven University, University of Hawaii, Manoa Adelphi University, University of New Haven, University of Southern California, George Mason University, San Diego State University Paul Mitchell the school Missouri Columbia and The University of Colorado at Boulder

In Fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out one-hundred (100) scholarships in total to help students with autism to go to college. Kerry Magro, founder of KFM, is a professional speaker, best-selling author and movie consultant. Kerry was nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the share his story about autism and to support other kids with autism on their roads through life. Among the topics Kerry discusses is the power of communication, disabilities in the workplace, bullying prevention, the transition to adulthood for those with disabilities, how to succeed in school with a disability and much more! Recently Kerry just hit over 1000 in the past 10 years which included being one of the first people on the autism spectrum to ever give a ‘Talks at Google.’

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Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 51 children are diagnosed with autism while more than 500,000 young individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade. A few years ago U.S. News & World Report highlighted KFM Making a Difference as one of the only non-profits to give out scholarships to adults with autism in the U.S pursuing a post-secondary program.

Their next scholarship application will be available in 2022 which you can apply for now here. To help them continue to give out this scholarship you can make a tax-deductible donation here. If you are interested in learning more about Kerry’s background or sending him a media/speaker inquiry you can contact him anytime here.

Kerry Magro’s Nonprofit Awards 6 Grants To Small Businesses That Hire People With Disabilities

(December 14, 2020) – Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s inaugural grant to six (6) small businesses that hire people with disabilities. These businesses include:

Popcorn for the People (Piscataway, NJ), JT FireStarters (Bellevue, IA), Lucky Ones Coffee (Park City, UT), Dirt Coffee Bar (Littleton, CO), Beloved Bath (Maplewood, NJ) & Doggy Delights by Allison (Clemont, FL)

“We were only going to start with two grant recipients.” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Due to COVID-19 we knew many of our businesses were struggling so we wanted to do more.”

The grant was launched in September of 2020 on KFM Making A Difference’s website. All applicants were encouraged to discuss why it’s important to give people with a disability a chance to find meaningful employment. These small businesses combined have hired over 200 people with disabilities.

In Fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched one if it’s first initiatives in its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out eighty-six (86) scholarships in total to help students with autism to go to college. Kerry Magro, founder of KFM, is a professional speaker, best-selling author and movie consultant. Kerry was nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the share his story about autism and to support other kids with autism on their roads through life.

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Among the topics Kerry discusses is the power of communication, disabilities in the workplace, bullying prevention, the transition to adulthood for those with disabilities, how to succeed in school with a disability and much more! Recently Kerry just hit over 1000 in the past 10 years which included being one of the first people on the autism spectrum to ever give a ‘Talks at Google.’ Kerry talks regularly to businesses as part of lunch-and-learns and other types of special events about the ROI Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities in the Workplace. In addition, Kerry has recently collaborated to become an affiliate partner to promote the products of The Chocolate Spectrum, an artisan chocolate company in Jupiter, Florida that was started by an autism mom to help find employment for individuals like her autistic son.

Their next small business grant will be available in 2021 which you can apply for now here. To help them continue to give out this grant you can make a tax-deductible donation here. If you are interested in learning more about Kerry’s background or sending him a media/speaker inquiry you can contact him anytime here.

18 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 86 Recipients in 8 Years

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(June 29, 2020) – Support our COVID-Relief Fund and Autism Scholarship Program here. Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to eighteen young adults with autism:

Alessio Edmondo Pasqual (Bayonne, NJ), Caitlyn Beth Jung (Hampton, VA), Cole Harmon (Columbiana, AL), Jonathon Negron (North Bergen, NJ), Lauren Gill (North Huntingdon, PA), Mairi Hallman (Ontario, Canada), Nazhir Carter (The Colony, TX), Nick Sansone (Crown Point, IN), Nils Skudra (Greensboro, NC), Zane Russell (Portland, OR)

And Honorable Mention Award Scholarships too Amanda Harris (Trabuco Canyon, CA), Annika Schoenbaechler (Louisville, KY), Ashley Fieber (Huntersville, NC), Eliana Sarah Marie Hambleton (Hillsdale, MI), Galina Baron (Warrington, PA), Janette Bundic (Vancouver, Canada), Noah Thomas (Waukesha, WI) & Sam Wessels (Rock Rapids, IA).

 With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded eighty six (86) scholarships to students with autism in the last 9 years.

This semester gave KFM Making A Difference the most scholarship applications they’ve ever received. With that they gave eighteen (18) scholarships to some bright students on the autism spectrum.

“We were blown away by the diversity of the scholarship applicants this Spring. Over 70 young adults with autism applied making this one of our toughest decisions yet.” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked extra hard to put together donations from our community to help support our autism community during these challenging times.”

The scholarship winners have been accepted into and will be attending universities including East Stroudsburg University, University of Ottawa, Augusta University, Chapman University, Emily Carr University, Furman University, Grove City College, Hudson County Community College, Liberty University, Oregon State University, Prairie View A&M University, The University of Chicago, University of Alabama, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Virginia Tech & Western Kentucky University

In Fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out eighty-six (86) scholarships in total to help students with autism to go to college. Kerry Magro, founder of KFM, is a professional speaker, best-selling author and movie consultant. Kerry was nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the share his story about autism and to support other kids with autism on their roads through life. Among the topics Kerry discusses is the power of communication, disabilities in the workplace, bullying prevention, the transition to adulthood for those with disabilities, how to succeed in school with a disability and much more! Recently Kerry just hit over 900 in the past 9 years which included being one of the first people on the autism spectrum to ever give a ‘Talks at Google.’

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism while more than 500,000 young individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade. A few years ago U.S. News & World Report highlighted KFM Making a Difference as one of the only non-profits to give out scholarships to adults with autism in the U.S pursuing a post-secondary program.

Their next scholarship application will be available in 2021 which you can apply for now here. To help them continue to give out this scholarship you can make a tax-deductible donation here. If you are interested in learning more about Kerry’s background or sending him a media/speaker inquiry you can contact him anytime here.

8 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 68 Recipients in 8 Years

Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to eight young adults with autism; Kamauri Cowsen (Calumet City, IL), Ivy Dulysz (Amsterdam, NY), Bobby Anderson Fitzgerald (Brookfield, CT), Stella G (Cambridge, MA), Andrew Gossett (Hanahan, SC), Jack Knall (Simsbury, CT), Brayden Reeves (Burleson, TX) and Harrison Strunk (Millstone, NJ). With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded sixty eight (68) scholarships to students with autism in the last eight years.

This semester gave KFM Making A Difference the most scholarship applications they’ve ever received. With that we gave eight (8) scholarships to some bright students on the autism spectrum.

“We were blown away by the diversity of the scholarship applicants this Spring. 45 young adults with autism applied making this one of our toughest decisions yet.” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Thanks to the donations of those in our community we were able to award eight scholarships. We can’t thank our community enough for supporting the students.”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out sixty eight (68) scholarships in total to help students with autism to go to college. Kerry Magro, founder of KFM, is a professional speaker, best-selling author and movie consultant. Kerry was nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the share his story about autism and to support other kids with autism on their roads through life. Among the topics Kerry discusses is the power of communication, disabilities in the workplace, bullying prevention, the transition to adulthood for those with disabilities, how to succeed in school with a disability and much more! Recently Kerry just hit over 900 in the past 9 years which included being one of the first people on the autism spectrum to ever give a ‘Talks at Google.’

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Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism while more than 500,000 young individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade. A few years ago U.S. News & World Report highlighted KFM Making a Difference as one of the only non-profits to give out scholarships to adults with autism in the U.S pursuing a post-secondary program.

Their next scholarship application will be available in 2020 which you can apply for now here. To help them continue to give out this scholarship you can make a tax-deductible donation here. If you are interested in learning more about Kerry’s background or sending him a media/speaker inquiry you can contact him anytime here.

8 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 60 Recipients in 7 Years

Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to eight young adults with autism; Ben Johann (Harlyesville, PA), Kenneth Brown, II (Inglewood, CA), Abigail K. Hickman (Norman, OK), Andrew Bergantz (Ballwin, MO), Michael DeMelfi (Randolph, NJ), Charles Samson (Maurepas, LA), John Alston (Kernersville, NC) and Linda Degise-Kotowski (Jersey City, NJ). With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded sixty (60) scholarships to students with autism in the last seven years.

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This semester gave KFM Making A Difference a record high of scholarship applicants. With that we gave out the most scholarship applications of any semester ever (8) to some bright students on the autism spectrum.

“From 4.0 GPA’s to individuals who succeeded in countless extra-curricular activities, this Spring was quite the impressive pool of scholarship applications.” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Thanks to the donations of those in our community we were able to award these two young men college scholarships. We can’t thank our community enough for supporting the students.”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out sixty (60) scholarships in total to help students with autism to go to college. Kerry Magro, founder of KFM, is a professional speaker, best-selling author, movie consultant and television talk show host. Kerry was nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the share his story about autism and to support other kids with autism on their roads through life. Among the topics Kerry discusses is the power of communication, disabilities in the workplace, bullying prevention, the transition to adulthood for those with disabilities, how to succeed in school with a disability and much more! Recently Kerry just hit over 850 talks in the past 8 years which included being one of the first people on the autism spectrum to ever give a ‘Talks at Google.’

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Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism while more than 500,000 young individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade. A few years ago U.S. News & World Report highlighted KFM Making a Difference as one of the only non-profits to give out scholarships to adults with autism in the U.S pursuing a post-secondary program.

Their next scholarship application will be available in 2019. Email us here if you would like to receive an email when that next application will be available. To them continue to give out this scholarship you can make a tax-deductible donation here. If you are interested in learning more about Kerry’s background or sending him a media/speaker inquiry you can contact him anytime here.

2 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 52 Recipients in 7 Years

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Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to two young adults with autism; Joshua Mack (Charlestown, SC) and Jared Hites (Hermantown, MN). With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded fifty-two (52) scholarships to students with autism in the last seven years.

As Spring approaches we are so glad to award scholarships to Joshua Mack and Jared Hites.

“It’s great to see these students with autism continue to apply year after year for our scholarship.” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Thanks to the donations of those in our community we were able to award these two young men college scholarships. We can’t thank our community enough for supporting the students”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out fifty-two (52) scholarships in total to help students with autism to go to college. Kerry Magro, founder of KFM, is a professional speaker, best-selling author, movie consultant and television talk show host. Kerry was nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the share his story about autism and to support other kids with autism on their roads through life. Among the topics Kerry discusses is the power of communication, disabilities in the workplace, bullying prevention, the transition to adulthood for those with disabilities, how to succeed in school with a disability and much more!

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism while more than 500,000 young individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade. A few years ago U.S. News & World Report highlighted KFM Making a Difference as one of the only non-profits to give out scholarships to adults with autism in the U.S pursuing a post-secondary program.

The deadline for our next scholarship in the “2018 Spring Making A Difference For Autism” program will be Monday, May 28th 2018 at Midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time. You can find the application here.

This scholarship fund is funded entirely through the generous donations of members in our community. You can help their scholarship program moving forward by making a tax-deductible donation here. If you are interested in learning more about Kerry’s background or sending him a media/speaker inquiry you can contact him anytime here.

5 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 50 Recipients in 6 Years

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Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to seven young adults with autism; Jared Hites (Hermantown, MN) Ryan Arnold (Phoenix, AZ), Collin Carabine (Pflugerville, TX), Lauren Quinn (Alamo, CA) and Cameron Muskelly (Duluth, GA). With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded fifty (50) scholarships to students with autism in the last six years.

As Fall approaches we are so glad to award scholarships to Jared Hites, Ryan Arnold, Collin Carabine, Lauren Quinn and Cameron Muskelly.

“This was one of our hardest decisions yet.” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Every applicant went above and beyond in their essays. Thanks to the donations of those in our community we were able to award the most Summer scholarships ever this year. Each of these students with autism are going to thrive in college. I’m so happy we can help them along the way with scholarship aid. The sky is the limit.”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out fifty (50) scholarships in total to help students with autism to go to college. Kerry Magro, founder of KFM, is a professional speaker, best-selling author, movie consultant and television talk show host. Kerry was nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the share his story about autism and to support other kids with autism on their roads through life. Among the topics Kerry discusses is the power of communication, disabilities in the workplace, bullying prevention, the transition to adulthood for those with disabilities, how to succeed in school with a disability and much more!

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism while more than 500,000 young individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade. A few years ago U.S. News & World Report highlighted KFM Making a Difference as one of the only non-profits to give out scholarships to adults with autism in the U.S pursuing a post-secondary program.

The deadline for our next scholarship in the “2017 Fall Making” program will be Monday, December 4t at Midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time. You can find the application here.

This scholarship fund is funded entirely through the generous donations of members in our community. You can help their scholarship program moving forward by making a tax-deductible donation here. If you are interested in learning more about Kerry’s background or sending him a media/speaker inquiry you can contact him anytime here.

7 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 45 Recipients in 6 Years

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Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to seven young adults with autism; Brandon Beltran, Nicholas Ryland, Caleb Chiariello, Austin Gillum, Ellie Rappaport, Jared Hites and Trey Alvelo. With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded fourty-five (45) scholarships to students with autism in the last six years.

As Summer approaches we are so glad to award scholarships to Nicholas Ryland (Austin, TX), Caleb Chiariello (Morristown, NJ), Jared Hites (Hermantown, MN) and Trey Alvelo (Chatham, VA). These are KFM’s Spring 2017 “Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” winners! In addition, we are happy to award honorable mention scholarships to Austin Gillum (South Korea), Ellie Rappaport (Atlanta, GA) and Brandon Beltran (Coral Springs, FL)!

“This year we added an online essay portion to our scholarship and it brought in hundreds of thousands of readers to learn more about these amazing students.” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Based on the donations we continue to receive we were able to make this happen and give these students with autism support as they pursue a post-secondary education.”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out fourty-five (45) scholarships in total to help students with autism to go to college. Kerry Magro, founder of KFM, is a producer of social media and digital content at Autism Speaks, a professionally certified motivational speaker, best-selling author, movie consultant and television talk show host. Kerry was nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the country as an International Motivational Speaker to share his story about autism and to support other kids with autism on their roads through life.

KFM as another new part of the application asked each of the scholarship winners to share what they would like people to know about autism to educate our community. This is what they had to say…

Untitled design (2)“People with autism can accomplish so many things and I hope we can continue to create opportunities for people with autism to do what they love and contribute to their communities. Different is not less and the more we can educate people about that fact the sooner we can all benefit from and appreciate the talents and efforts of everyone.”

– Nicholas, majoring in Music at University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music, Class of 2021

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“The autism spectrum can be both great and also challenging. I have always had a knack for numbers, but I can’t say the same about social situations. However, I am perfectly comfortable with myself and unlike some people, I don’t need approval from others to be who I am.”

– Caleb, majoring in Computer Science and Accounting at Stevens Institute of Technology, Class of 2022

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“I would like people to know that having Autism doesn’t mean I’m brain damaged. I’m wired differently but I’m not defective. Many great discoveries in the world were discovered by Autistic people. The world needs people who think outside the box and aren’t afraid to pursue a different path than the herd.”

– Jared, majoring in Engineering at Itasca Community College, Class of 2019

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“Do not let anyone define who you are or restrict you with a label. Autism can be a gift when you learn how to recognize where your strengths and weaknesses are. Autism has given me a greater ability to focus in school, follow directions and pay attention. I have learned to be organized and work on uncomfortable social situations.”

– Trey, majoring in History and Political Science at Emory & Henry College, Class of 2021

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“I like the saying “Different Not Less” and  “Autism – Always Unique Totally Intelligent Sometimes Mysterious”. We are all the same, we just do things a little different, determination is the number one reason we get to where we want to be in life.”

– Brandon, majoring in Marine Biology at Florida Atlantic University, Class of 2021

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“Living with Autism has been tough: finding the right school, the right friends, going to therapy every week, etc. But with support from my family, friends and teachers, I’ve been able to succeed. If you’re living with Autism, never give up because being different isn’t bad. It’s a gift. Use your gift to make the world a better place!”

– Ellie, majoring in Early Childhood Education at Dean College, Class of 2019

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“People with autism are, in general, highly complicated individuals. As stated quite accurately by an autistic character in the new Power Rangers movie, our minds work differently from those of people who aren’t autistic. But despite our autism, this condition shouldn’t be what define us. You cannot lump all people into one category, and autistic people are no different in that regard.”

– Austin, majoring in English at University of Maryland University College, Class of 2018

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism while more than 500,000 young individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade. A few years ago U.S. News & World Report highlighted KFM Making a Difference as one of the only non-profits to give out scholarships to adults with autism in the U.S pursuing a post-secondary program.

The deadline for our next scholarship in the “2017 Summer Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” program will be Monday, August 14th at Midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time. You can find the application here.

This scholarship fund is funded entirely through the generous donations of members in our community. You can help their scholarship program moving forward by making a tax-deductible donation here. If you are interested in learning more about Kerry’s background or sending him a media/speaker inquiry you can contact him anytime here.

4 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 38 Recipients in 5 Years

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Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to four young adults with autism; Adam Bickford, Ellen Presti, Nils Skudra and Andrew Wilkins. With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded thirty-eight (38) scholarships to students with autism in the last five years.

As we head into a wonderful new year full of opportunities we are proud to award scholarships to Adam Bickford (Afton, OK), Ellen Presti (Barnegat, NJ), Nils Skudra (Greensboro, NC) and Timothy Wilkins (Cherry Hill, NJ). These are KFM’s Fall 2016 “Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” winners!

“As we continue our program we were delighted to read about these amazing students through their scholarship applications,” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Based on the donations received we were able to make this happen and give these students with autism support as they pursue a post-secondary education. Another year is underway!”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out thirty-eight (38) scholarships in total to help autistic adults to go to college. Kerry Magro, founder of KFM, is a producer of social media and digital content at Autism Speaks, a professionally certified motivational speaker, best-selling author, movie consultant and television talk show host. Kerry was diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the country to share his story about autism and to support other autistic kids on their roads through life.

Like our last scholarship announcement, KFM asked each of the scholarship winners to share a message for students with autism who are currently hoping to attend a post-secondary program one day. This is what they had to say…

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“For those with autism and aspergers: Always have a contingency plan on how you’re going to achieve your goals, but always be ready for the times life throws you a curve ball. Just remember your dreams and goals are achievable no matter what anyone says. You are worth it!” – Adam, majoring in Zoology with a minor in Biology at Rogers State University, Class of 2021

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“If I can do it, you can do it. Take the chances you have to be heard. College is possible for kids like us. I know you can do it.” – Ellen, majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in English, Class of 2021

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“For students on the autism spectrum who are hoping to attend a post-secondary program someday, I highly encourage them to pursue their academic goals. As a person on the spectrum, I myself have faced many personal and academic obstacles, including bullying from other students and an underestimation by academics of my intellectual abilities, but through hard work, perseverance, and the utilization of autism support I have achieved remarkable academic success, and I’m pursuing my dreams.” – Nils, majoring in History at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Class of 2018

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“I would like to share a message for students with autism that they can pursue whatever dreams they want to and fulfill them if they put their mind to it. You have to really try if you want your dreams to come true. I have worked extremely hard to maintain focus to fulfill my dream. I really appreciate KFM Making A Difference Scholarship in helping that dream come true.” – Timothy, majoring in Computer Graphics: Game Design and Development from Camden County College, Class of 2020

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism while more than 500,000 young individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade. A few years ago U.S. News & World Report highlighted KFM Making a Difference as one of the only non-profits to give out scholarships to adults with autism in the U.S pursuing a post-secondary program.

The deadline for our next scholarship in the “2017 Spring Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” program will be Monday, May 1st at Midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time. You can find the application here.

This scholarship fund is funded entirely through the generous donations of members in our community. You can help their scholarship program moving forward by making a tax-deductible donation here.