8 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 68 Recipients in 8 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; Kamauri Cowsen (Calumet City, IL), Ivy Dulysz (Amsterdam, NY), Bobby Anderson Fitzgerald (Brookfield, CT), Stella G (Cambridge, MA), Andrew Gossett (Hanahan, SC), Jack Knall (Simsbury, CT), Brayden Reeves (Burleson, TX) and Harrison Strunk (Millstone, NJ). With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded sixty eight (68) scholarships to students with autism in the last eight years.

This semester gave KFM Making A Difference the most scholarship applications they’ve ever received. With that we gave eight (8) scholarships to some bright students on the autism spectrum.

“We were blown away by the diversity of the scholarship applicants this Spring. 45 young adults with autism applied making this one of our toughest decisions yet.” 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 eight 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 eight (68) 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.’

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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 2020 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.

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.’

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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.

2 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 52 Recipients in 7 Years

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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 two young adults with autism; Joshua Mack (Charlestown, SC) and Jared Hites (Hermantown, MN). With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded fifty-two (52) scholarships to students with autism in the last seven years.

As Spring approaches we are so glad to award scholarships to Joshua Mack and Jared Hites.

“It’s great to see these students with autism continue to apply year after year for our scholarship.” 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 fifty-two (52) 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 “2018 Spring Making A Difference For Autism” program will be Monday, May 28th 2018 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.

5 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 50 Recipients in 6 Years

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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.

7 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 45 Recipients in 6 Years

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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; Brandon Beltran, Nicholas Ryland, Caleb Chiariello, Austin Gillum, Ellie Rappaport, Jared Hites and Trey Alvelo. With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded fourty-five (45) scholarships to students with autism in the last six years.

As Summer approaches we are so glad to award scholarships to Nicholas Ryland (Austin, TX), Caleb Chiariello (Morristown, NJ), Jared Hites (Hermantown, MN) and Trey Alvelo (Chatham, VA). These are KFM’s Spring 2017 “Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” winners! In addition, we are happy to award honorable mention scholarships to Austin Gillum (South Korea), Ellie Rappaport (Atlanta, GA) and Brandon Beltran (Coral Springs, FL)!

“This year we added an online essay portion to our scholarship and it brought in hundreds of thousands of readers to learn more about these amazing students.” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Based on the donations we continue to receive we were able to make this happen and give these students with autism support as they pursue a post-secondary education.”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out fourty-five (45) scholarships in total to help students with autism 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 nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at age four. Today, Kerry travels the country as an International Motivational Speaker to share his story about autism and to support other kids with autism on their roads through life.

KFM as another new part of the application asked each of the scholarship winners to share what they would like people to know about autism to educate our community. This is what they had to say…

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– Nicholas, majoring in Music at University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music, Class of 2021

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“The autism spectrum can be both great and also challenging. I have always had a knack for numbers, but I can’t say the same about social situations. However, I am perfectly comfortable with myself and unlike some people, I don’t need approval from others to be who I am.”

– Caleb, majoring in Computer Science and Accounting at Stevens Institute of Technology, Class of 2022

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“I would like people to know that having Autism doesn’t mean I’m brain damaged. I’m wired differently but I’m not defective. Many great discoveries in the world were discovered by Autistic people. The world needs people who think outside the box and aren’t afraid to pursue a different path than the herd.”

– Jared, majoring in Engineering at Itasca Community College, Class of 2019

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“Do not let anyone define who you are or restrict you with a label. Autism can be a gift when you learn how to recognize where your strengths and weaknesses are. Autism has given me a greater ability to focus in school, follow directions and pay attention. I have learned to be organized and work on uncomfortable social situations.”

– Trey, majoring in History and Political Science at Emory & Henry College, Class of 2021

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“I like the saying “Different Not Less” and  “Autism – Always Unique Totally Intelligent Sometimes Mysterious”. We are all the same, we just do things a little different, determination is the number one reason we get to where we want to be in life.”

– Brandon, majoring in Marine Biology at Florida Atlantic University, Class of 2021

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“Living with Autism has been tough: finding the right school, the right friends, going to therapy every week, etc. But with support from my family, friends and teachers, I’ve been able to succeed. If you’re living with Autism, never give up because being different isn’t bad. It’s a gift. Use your gift to make the world a better place!”

– Ellie, majoring in Early Childhood Education at Dean College, Class of 2019

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“People with autism are, in general, highly complicated individuals. As stated quite accurately by an autistic character in the new Power Rangers movie, our minds work differently from those of people who aren’t autistic. But despite our autism, this condition shouldn’t be what define us. You cannot lump all people into one category, and autistic people are no different in that regard.”

– Austin, majoring in English at University of Maryland University College, Class of 2018

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 Summer Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” program will be Monday, August 14th 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.

4 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 38 Recipients in 5 Years

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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; Adam Bickford, Ellen Presti, Nils Skudra and Andrew Wilkins. With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded thirty-eight (38) scholarships to students with autism in the last five years.

As we head into a wonderful new year full of opportunities we are proud to award scholarships to Adam Bickford (Afton, OK), Ellen Presti (Barnegat, NJ), Nils Skudra (Greensboro, NC) and Timothy Wilkins (Cherry Hill, NJ). These are KFM’s Fall 2016 “Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” winners!

“As we continue our program we were delighted to read about these amazing students through their scholarship applications,” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Based on the donations received we were able to make this happen and give these students with autism support as they pursue a post-secondary education. Another year is underway!”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out thirty-eight (38) scholarships in total to help 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.

Like our last scholarship announcement, KFM asked each of the scholarship winners to share a message for students with autism who are currently hoping to attend a post-secondary program one day. This is what they had to say…

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“For those with autism and aspergers: Always have a contingency plan on how you’re going to achieve your goals, but always be ready for the times life throws you a curve ball. Just remember your dreams and goals are achievable no matter what anyone says. You are worth it!” – Adam, majoring in Zoology with a minor in Biology at Rogers State University, Class of 2021

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“If I can do it, you can do it. Take the chances you have to be heard. College is possible for kids like us. I know you can do it.” – Ellen, majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in English, Class of 2021

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“For students on the autism spectrum who are hoping to attend a post-secondary program someday, I highly encourage them to pursue their academic goals. As a person on the spectrum, I myself have faced many personal and academic obstacles, including bullying from other students and an underestimation by academics of my intellectual abilities, but through hard work, perseverance, and the utilization of autism support I have achieved remarkable academic success, and I’m pursuing my dreams.” – Nils, majoring in History at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Class of 2018

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“I would like to share a message for students with autism that they can pursue whatever dreams they want to and fulfill them if they put their mind to it. You have to really try if you want your dreams to come true. I have worked extremely hard to maintain focus to fulfill my dream. I really appreciate KFM Making A Difference Scholarship in helping that dream come true.” – Timothy, majoring in Computer Graphics: Game Design and Development from Camden County College, Class of 2020

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 Spring Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” program will be Monday, May 1st 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.

11 Tips for Students With Autism Who Are Going to College

This guest post is by Kerry Magro, CEO and Founder of KFM Making a Difference. 

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College can often be a difficult transition for those on the autism spectrum. When I was growing up on autism spectrum, getting into college was my first big dream. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m currently pursuing my doctoral degree.

I wanted to share 11 questions I frequently get asked by from students on the autism spectrum who are pursuing a post-secondary education.

1. As a college student affected by autism, what is one of the main things I need to know?

A big difference between college and high school is that in high school you generally have a structured plan for your accommodations called an individualized education program (IEP). However, in college that no longer exists, so you must advocate to your disability support group on campus to receive your own accommodations

2. What are some accommodations I can receive in my classes?

Individuals on the spectrum receive accommodations only if they register with their disability support group. They will then receive accommodations based on their needs. This can include extended time on tests, tape recorders for classes, individual note takers, etc.

3. Do I have to pay for accommodations?

Under The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, colleges are required to provide all learning disabled individuals with “reasonable accommodations.” However, you should check the guidelines inregards to what is and what is not available on your campus.

4. Will faculty or fellow students be informed that I am on the autism spectrum?

Faculty members are not allowed to disclose any information about a student to others without consent from the student. However, students must register as a “disabled student” to receive accommodations, meaning your disability support group would be aware you have a disability. It is then up to you to inform your instructors.

5. Is on-campus living for me?

Accommodations can also factor into your living arrangements on campus. For example, you may have an opportunity to have a single room if needed. Ask if your resident assistant will be made aware of your living situation, since he/she can be of help in an emergency.

6. Will tutoring be available for my courses?

Most colleges provide tutoring for all students, but it’s important to learn about those services early on to see if it is available and if you need additional support.

7. Are there any restrictions on how many courses I can take?

Some disability support groups require you take less courses in your first few semesters of college to make for an easier transition.

8. Is there a club on campus that raises awareness about autism and provides social opportunities for students affected by autism?

Autism Speaks’ college program, Autism Speaks U, works with students across the county to start chapters that raise awareness and funds. Some also establish mentoring programs for students and youth on the autism spectrum. To see if a chapter exists on your campus, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org/U.

9. Will my professors have any previous training in educating individuals affected by autism?

There is no requirement at most college for professors to have education in teaching
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10. Will I be treated differently by fellow students because I have autism?

Like in any other situation where you are around people, there is the possibility of a lack of awareness on their part in dealing with people with learning disabilities. Therefore, spreading awareness is crucial for you and others affected by autism.

11. Is there anything on campus that focuses on post-college plans for individuals affected by autism?

Many colleges have a career program/center that focuses on helping you network with outside companies. You can also look under the Americans with Disabilities Act for information about job accommodations and workshops.

I wish all the incoming students with autism a wonderful college experience! Have fun, study hard and remember each day what you are working to achieve. That’s the key more than anything else to succeed and thrive in college.

In 2015, I contributed a chapter to a book called “College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong” that shares the experience of several individuals with disabilities who have successfully navigated a post-secondary education and graduated. You can learn more about the book here.

4 Students with Autism Receive College Scholarships; 34 Recipients in 5 Years

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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; Benjamin N. Hays, Eleni Comstock, Eryn Lee and Margo McGeehan. With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded thirty-four (34) scholarships to students with autism in the last five years.

As many students with autism get ready for back-to-school, 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 Benjamin N. Hays (St. Lubbock, TX), Eleni Comstock (Pleasanton, CA), Eryn Lee (Jacksonville, AR) and Margo McGeehan (Douglassville, PA). These are KFM’s summer 2016 “Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” winners!

“This was the first time we gave out summer scholarships to go along with our spring and fall Scholarship applications,” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “Based on the donations received we were able to make this happen and give these students with autism support as they pursue a post-secondary education. We are excited to continue to follow their journeys as they continue to inspire our community…”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far KFM has given out thirty-four (34) scholarships in total to help 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.

This year KFM asked each of the scholarship winners to share a message for students with autism who are currently hoping to attend a post-secondary program one day. This is what they had to say…

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“To other students with autism, work hard. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because most people are willing to help. Also, just because you have autism doesn’t mean you can’t succeed.” – Benjamin, majoring in Computer Science at West Texas A&M University, Class of spring 2020

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“To others, who are hoping to attend a post-secondary educational program one day, I will tell you this; it is possible. I know you might think that me saying “it is possible” just may be just about the lamest advice anyone has ever told you, but I urge you to not throw the advice away as a nothing. Just keep working hard, keep pushing through challenges, and try to remember me saying that “It Is Possible.” – Eleni, majoring in Industrial Engineering at Montana State University, Class of spring 2020

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“The road to achieving your dreams is never easy. You will encounter obstacles and difficulties along the way, and sometimes you will doubt yourself. However, if the path was easy, it would not truly be worth it. You have to challenge yourself; you have to face the difficulties. The arduous encounters, be it in regards to life or the path to achievement, are what make them worth it. In the end, you find yourself stronger than you ever were, and instead of thinking “I wish I could be that person”, you can finally say, “I am that person”. Much like a little bird, you have to fall before you fly; anything is possible, just believe that you can do it. As Albus Dumbledore says, “We must try not to sink beneath or anguish…but battle on.” – Eryn, majoring in Biology with a minor in Studio Art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Class of spring 2018

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“For students with autism who want to eventually attend college, business school, or any type of post-secondary education, I want to tell them that despite what they may hear and may believe, they are more than capable of achieving any goals they set out for themselves. Even though society’s inherent able-centrism can make it difficult for disabled people to even receive the same rights as neuro-typical people, let alone the same opportunities, that doesn’t mean they aren’t able to make a difference in this world.” – Margo, majoring in Communication Studies at Kutztown University, Class of spring 2019

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 “2016 Fall Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” will be Monday, December 5th 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.

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

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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.