14 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 100 Recipients in 9 Years

(July 5, 2021) – Support our Nonprofit and our initatives like our 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 fourteen young adults with autism:

Addison Emily Grace Barnes (Owasso, OK) Christopher Mcardle (Columbus, OH) Alexander Diamond (Waukesha, WI) Brielle Taylor Williams (Parker, CO) Brooke Sylvia Njoki Bachia (Maplewood, NJ), Emily Mandy (Fayetteville, NC), Isaac Barlow (Colorado Sprigns, CO), Jared Taylor Keith Merrill Willkians (Kihei, HI), Kevin F Troy Jr (Franklin Square, NY), Luke Thomas Brassard (Montpelier, VT) Marcus Lo (Los Angeles, CA), Noah John Georges (Oak Hill, VA) Roberto Carlos Pluma (San Diego, CA), and Shaun Bernal (Jefferson City, MO).

With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded one-hundred (100) 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 fourteen (14) scholarships to some bright students on the autism spectrum.

“As an autistic child who dealt with many obstacles, I’m honored to be able to give back to our community in this way. When I started this scholarship program, I could never have imagined we’d get to the point of giving 100 scholarships for autistic students for college. Over 90 young autistic adults applied.” says Kerry Magro, founder, and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “I always wish we could give even more scholarships out each year which is why our nonprofit needs to continue to receive donations to support these students.”

The scholarship winners have been accepted into and will be attending universities including The University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Brigham Young University, Rutgers University-Newark, Belhaven University, University of Hawaii, Manoa Adelphi University, University of New Haven, University of Southern California, George Mason University, San Diego State University Paul Mitchell the school Missouri Columbia and The University of Colorado at Boulder

In Fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out one-hundred (100) 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 1000 in the past 10 years which included being one of the first people on the autism spectrum to ever give a ‘Talks at Google.’

Dr. Kerry Magro Ed.D giving a keynote at a luncheon in West Palm Beach, Florida

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 51 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 2022 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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