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.’


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.

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