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.