Apply For Our Autism Scholarship

This is the press release for our autism scholarship program for Fall 2017. If you would like us to email you a copy of this to share with others please feel free to email us at!

Note: If you have already won/applied for our scholarship in the past you can absolutely reapply for this scholarship if you are attending a post-secondary program in 2017-2018. Just make sure to update all your application items below along with submitting a new essay.

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“KFM Making a Difference”, an organization focused on housing and disability advocacy, after the recent success of their scholarship program have announced their follow up autism scholarship for 2017.

CEO and Founder of KFM Making a Difference, Kerry Magro, holds this scholarship very dear to his heart. Kerry was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. Now he is a Masters graduate from Seton Hall University in Strategic Communications and Leadership and is pursuing his Doctor in Education at New Jersey City University. Kerry today is also a professional speaker discussing a wide range of topics; discussing everything from overcoming obstacles to disability advocacy.

Kerry remembers how difficult it was transitioning into college and how little support there seemed to be for individuals with autism. “I can only remember three scholarships for students with autism”, Kerry said. “Then you would look at the thousands of other scholarships out there for athletes, science/math students and others.  It was upsetting, especially when many learning disabled individuals need to pay out of pocket for accommodations. It was at that moment I realized I had to get involved and try and make a difference for our community. 1 in 68 individuals are now being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder’s and many of those individuals will have dreams of college so we need to be prepared and help support.”

For this reason, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to an individual with autism in our 2017 Fall Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship Program. This is our 51st scholarship we’ve given out with our inaugural scholarship, which opened up in September 2012.  It will be applied towards the pursuit of a post-secondary education for the 2017-2018 academic school year.

All scholarship applications need to be emailed to, with all of the requirements listed below by no later than Monday, December 4th at Midnight EST!

Our Scholarship Review Committee will then come together and select the winner of the scholarship. The winners of these scholarships will be at the complete discretion of the committee based on the applications that we receive. The winner of the scholarship will receive an email by the end of December acknowledging their win.

 Requirements for Application

Part 1: Cover Letter That Includes

o   A Short Bio (250 words or less).

o   Postsecondary Program Accepted in or Attending (I.E College, Community College, Vocational Program, etc.)

o   Autism Diagnosis (I.E Aspergers, PDD-NOS, ASD, etc. Age you were officially diagnosed)

o   Full Name

o   Address

o   Phone Number

o   Email

Part 2: Resume

Part 3: Letter of Reference (Included in the letter of reference should be a contact number and/or email which can be provided for any follow up questions which the Scholarship Committee may have)

Part 4: Essay

In order to complete the essay, you must:

  • Send us at least 3 high-resolution photos that you’d like us to include in your essay. These can be of yourself, photos of you growing up, action photos, family photos, etc.
  • A title for your essay that’s no longer than 70 characters (including spaces)
  • A 2-4 sentence byline to introduce you to our readers.
  • Attach your essay in a Microsoft Word Document of no less than 500 words and no more than 1,000 words on your story of growing up on the autism spectrum. These essays should be aimed to educate, inspire and/or motivate our autism community. In writing your essay you should review some essays written by our scholarship founder Kerry Magro on his own personal journey on the autism spectrum. The most important thing with these essays are to be creative!

Note: Once we receive your essay it will live on for others to view. We do edit applications. Most of the edits will be grammatical changes, title changes, etc. By submitting this application you agree to also let us potentially publish your name, essay and photos as part of a new book we plan to write to highlight members in our autism community.

In addition, we’ve noticed individuals are interested in learning when our next scholarship applications open so the next year is listed below…

Spring 2018 Scholarship applications open on Monday, December 18, 2017 (Open to High School graduates and current college students pursuing a post-secondary program for the 2018-2019 academic year)

Spring 2018 Scholarship Applications end on Monday April 23, 2017)

Summer 2018 Scholarship Applications open on May 7, 2018 (Open to High School graduates and current college students pursuing a post-secondary program for the 2018-2019 academic year)

Summer 2018 Scholarship Applications end on August 20, 2018

Fall 2018 Scholarship Applications open on September 4, 2018

Fall 2018 Scholarship Applications end on December 3, 2018

Selection of the winners

The decision on the winners of the scholarship shall be in the sole discretion of KFM Making A Difference. The winning application will be based on, at least in part, upon the amount of online interest in your essay (amount of times it’s shared on social media via Facebook/Twitter/Etc. and the amount of pageviews it receives). For that reason we encourage you to share your essay once it’s live on with your friends and family to help build the online interest of your essay. We will send you an email with the link to your essay once it’s live on

Receive scholarship updates from Kerry by reaching out to him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Need a speaker for your next event? Kerry would love to collaborate with you as he talks often to schools, post-secondary programs, parent groups, paraprofessionals and businesses about growing up with a disability and how to succeed! You can start a dialogue with Kerry today via email here. 

Best of luck! For any follow up questions/comments please feel free to contact us via email at or like our Facebook page and message us at


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