30 Autistic Students Receive College Scholarships; 130 Recipients in 10 Years

(July 7, 2022) – Dr. Kerry Magro Ed.D., an autistic adult and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey-based nonprofit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to thirty autistic adults, including:

Alyssa Aey (Wadsworth, OH), Portia Bowman (Newburgh, IN), Brooke Brockman (Elwood, NE) Madison Brooks (Richmond, TX), Thomas Coxwell (Thomasville, AL), Amythyst Morris (Kingsport, TN), Abigail Farnsworth (Walker, WV), Avery Hannon (Burlington, NJ), Lennon Hare (Brockport, NY), Maxwell Hutchinson, Mariah Kay Sample (Madison, WI), Grant Manier (Fond du Lac, WI), Nadia Montiel (CA), Veronica Nunez, Riley Justice (Erie, CO), Jerron Higgins (St. Louis, MO) Elizabeth Ogorek (Indianapolis, IN), Aidan Reynolds (Harwinton, CT), Jacob Thorton (Wake Forest, NC), Brandon Walters (Wilmington, OH), Zander Feist (Hanover Township, PA), Francine Wooley and scholarship recipients to be named later.

With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded one-hundred and thirty (130) scholarships to autistic students in the last 10 years.

Support our Nonprofit and our initiatives like our Autism Scholarship Program here.

This year KFM Making a Difference was able to give out thirty (30) scholarships for autistic students for college thanks in part to proceeds received from the nonprofit’s book Autistics on Autism: Stories You Need to Hear About What Helped Them While Growing Up and Pursuing Their Dreams which reached several Amazon best-seller lists. So with that, they could give thirty scholarships to some bright students on the autism spectrum. This was the most scholarships the nonprofit has ever announced in one year. Autistics on Autism was released on March 29, 2022, and featured the stories of 100 autistic adults, many of whom were previous KFM Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship Recipients.

“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 never imagined we’d get to the point of giving 130 scholarships to autistic students for college. Over 90 young autistic adults applied.” says Dr. Kerry Magro Ed.D., founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “I always wish we could give even more scholarships each year, which is why our nonprofit needs to continue to receive donations to support these students.”

The thirty scholarship winners were accepted into the following colleges…

Miami University of Ohio. Cornell College, University of St. Thomas; Houston Community College in Houston, Lone Star College. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bowling Green State University, East Tennessee State University, Ashland University, Florida Southwestern, Florida Polytechnic, Temple University, and Rochester Institute of Technology, Alabama State University (ASU), West Chester University of Pennsylvania, University of Denver, Edgewood College, California State University Northridge, Moraine Technical Park College, California Lutheran University, Austin Community College, Eastern Kentucky University, Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis, The University of Findlay, Barrett the Honors College at Arizona State University, Tunxis Community College, Central Connecticut State University, Muskegon Community College. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Wilmington College, Luzerne County Community College, Illinois State University, and Marist College.

In Fall 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Thus far, KFM has given out one-hundred and thirty (130) scholarships to help autistic students attend college. Kerry Magro, the founder of KFM, is a professional speaker, best-selling author, and movie consultant. Kerry was nonspeaking till 2.5 and 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. Among the topics Kerry discusses are 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 has spoken at over 1150 events over the past 11 years, including being one of the first people on the autism spectrum to ever give a ‘Talks at Google.’ He gives talks as part of student assemblies, educator staff development, and professional development, along with keynote and breakout sessions

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 44 children are diagnosed with autism, while more than 700,000 young autistic children 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 nonprofits to give out scholarships to autistic adults pursuing a post-secondary program in the U.S.

Their next scholarship application will be available in 2023, which you can apply for now here. You can make a tax-deductible donation here to help them continue to give out this scholarshiphttps://kfmmakingadifference.org/donate/. If you are interested in learning more about Kerry’s background or sending him a media/speaker inquiry, you can contact him anytime here. You can purchase a copy of Autistics on Autism here.

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.

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.