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 six young adults with autism; Talia Anderson, Chris Fegley, Leora Robbins, Spencer Agabiti, Lucas Brodsky and Clarin G. Paap III. With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded twenty (26) scholarships in the last 4 years.
Celebrating their 4-year Anniversary since their non-profit received 501 © 3 status, KFM Making a Difference is helping several young autistic adults make their dreams of going to college a reality. Talia Anderson (from Cape Coral, FL.), Chris Fegley (from Suffolk, VA.) and Leora Robbins (Atlanta, GA.) are showing the world the potential of those in the autism community. These three amazing young adults have been selected as the winners of the fall 2015 “Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” from the KFM organization. In addition, KFM Making a Difference is giving out three honorable mention scholarships to Spencer Agabiti (from Ringoes, NJ.), Lucas Brodsky (Gurnee, IL.) and Clarin Paap III (Modesto, CA.).
“We saw a record number of applications for our fall scholarship,” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “With these six (6) scholarships, we hope to help these young adults pursue a post-secondary education…”
In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Today KFM has now given out twenty-six (26) scholarships in total, helping 26 autistic adults to go to college. Kerry Magro, who turns 28 later this month, started KFM Making a Difference in 2009 while in College at Seton Hall University. What most don’t know about Kerry is that he was diagnosed with autism at 4. Today, Kerry is an accredited professional speaker and best-selling author who travels the country discussing autism and disability related issues.
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. Last year 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: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-scholarship-coach/2014/04/17/find-college-scholarships-that-support-students-with-autism
KFM Making a Difference will now be looking ahead to its Spring 2016 scholarship application period, anticipating award of scholarships to additional talented autistic adults from the community. The deadline for this scholarship will be Monday, May 2nd, at Midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time. For more information on KFM Making a Difference and how you can apply for the next scholarship please go to www.kerrymagro.com/spring-2016-autism-scholarship-application-opens/ for more details.
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 at http://bit.ly/AutismScholarship2016.