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.

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