In January 2014, Autism Speaks was thrilled to announce the eleven recipients of the inaugural Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund. A total of $249,000 has been awarded to institutions and programs including two- and four-year colleges, vocational programs and transition programs.
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The Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund selects eligible colleges, vocational/technical schools and transition programs in the United States to identify qualified students or clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and offer scholarship funds for these individuals to attend.
About the Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund
To help promote additional opportunities for young adults to pursue postsecondary education and ultimately increase the number of enrolled students on the spectrum, committed donors and autism advocates Brian and Patricia Kelly have joined with Autism Speaks to help create the Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund. The goal of the Scholarship Fund is to raise $750,000 to provide funding to a select number of eligible two and four-year colleges, vocational/technical schools and transition programs within the U.S.
Brian and Patricia Kelly, parents of a 16-year-old with autism, have been dedicated to raising awareness of autism, advancing research and advocating for families and individuals on the spectrum through their support of Autism Speaks. Brian Kelly is a founding executive committee member of the Autism Speaks board of directors and the chair of the Autism Speaks Family Services committee.
In conjunction with the Scholarship Fund, Autism Speaks also launched the Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide to provide individuals with autism and their families with information about opportunities available after high school.
Who Can Apply?
This program accepts applications from two- and four-year colleges as well as vocational/technical schools and transition programs to provide scholarship funding to individuals with autism and to ultimately increase the number of participants on the spectrum.
There will be a strong focus on how the college or program conducts outreach to potential scholarship recipients and how the college or program prepares participants for post-college life, i.e. employability skills, inclusion, job placement, and transition to the workforce.
*Note: Individuals may not apply for the program. Autism Speaks encourages individuals with autism to contact colleges, vocational/technical schools and transition programs in order to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
The program will select eligible colleges, vocational/technical schools, and transition programs to identify scholarship candidates and offer up to $5,000/student in scholarship funds (up to $25,000 per program) for candidates with Autism Spectrum Disorder to attend a post-secondary educational program.
For more information about the Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund, contact Serena Selkin, Assistant Director, Family Services Grants at firstname.lastname@example.org.