4 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 30 Recipients in 5 Years

Spring 2016 Winners

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; Alexander Gumm, Cameron Laventure, Leanne Libas, and Thomas Stokes. With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded thirty (30) scholarships to students with autism in the last 5 years.

As many students with autism graduate this spring, we celebrate their unique gifts through scholarships awarded by KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit organization that helps students with autism go to college. This year KFM is proud to award scholarships to Alexander Gumm (Minden, NV), Cameron Laventure (Charleston, SC), Leanne Libas (Lake Forest, CA) and Thomas Stokes (Lakeville, MN). These are KFM’s 2016 “Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” winners!

“Our winners for the spring were phenomenal,” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Each of their academic paths will lead to very promising careers. I have no doubt about it. We need to continue to provide support to our kids. We are all in this together. Hopefully, these scholarships will help them to continue to pursue their dreams…”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out thirty (30) scholarships in total, helping 30 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.

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.

KFM Making a Difference has now decided to do something different with the addition of a summer scholarship application to coincide with the scholarship applications that already happen annually in the spring and fall semesters. The deadline for the “2016 Summer Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” will be Monday, August 29th 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.

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