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This is the press release for our autism scholarship program for 2016. 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 2016.

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 27, 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. This is our 27th 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 2016-2017 academic school year. (Note: High School Graduates who will be attending a post-secondary program in Fall 2016 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 2nd at Midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time.

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 the year notifying them if they have won. The winner will then be announced via our website (Kerrymagro.com) at the beginning of June.

 Requirements for Application

To be in consideration for the scholarship please review the requirements below. (Note: Each part (the 4 parts below) should be sent as its own attachment so in total you should have 4 attachments sent in your one email)

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: Short Answer and Essay

Short Answer (250 words or less): What does the term “Making a Difference” mean to you in your life?

Personal Essay (1000 words or less): Why do you think you deserve to win this scholarship? Also in your response please discuss your plans for the future including how this scholarship will benefit in your education.

-Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.- (2)

Sign up for Kerry Magro’s newsletter here to receive free autism resources along with learn about updates for when the Spring 2016 Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship winners will be announced. In addition receive scholarship updates from Kerry 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 KFMMakingADifference@gmail.com or like our Facebook page and message us at https://www.facebook.com/KfmMakingADifference.

Private Policy Notice: No application information collected will be shared with anyone outside our Scholarship Review Committee without written consent from those individuals. We also guarantee that all information collected will only be used for reference in our decision making for our scholarship winner. If selected as the winner of our scholarship we will ask ahead of time for permission to publish your winning application via our website.

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous donations of members in our community! Want to help keep our program going? Make a deductible donation to KFM Making a Difference below! Thank you!