This is the press release for our autism scholarship program for Spring 2017. If you would like us to email you a copy of this to share with others please feel free to email us at KFMMakingADifference@gmail.com!
“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 at 28, he is a Masters graduate from Seton Hall University in Strategic Communications and Leadership. Kerry today is also a national motivational 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 their 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 39th 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. (Note: High School Graduates who will be attending a post-secondary program in Fall 2017 are allowed to apply for this scholarship as long as they fill out the requirements below!)
All scholarship applications need to be emailed to KFMMakingADifference@gmail.com, with all of the requirements listed below by no later than Monday, May 1st 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 middle of June 2017 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 Phone Number
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 Kerrymagro.com 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.
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. For that reason we encourage you to share your essay once it’s live on Kerrymagro.com 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 Kerrymagro.com.