Autism Speaks is proud to award $249,000 to 11 postsecondary institutions through the Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund. Funds were awarded to four-year colleges, two-year colleges, vocational programs and transition programs. Read the press release here.
Learn more about each of the programs, including a quote from each recipient, below:
University of Delaware
Academic Coaching Program
"Receiving the Autism Speaks’s Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship will allow the Academic Coaching Program to focus on providing support to students that fall within the Autism Spectrum. We plan to use these funds to provide scholarship funded support to a number of students on campus that otherwise would not be able to obtain these support services. Some examples of the strategies used by the academic coach may include: test-taking skills, note-taking skills, organizational skills, time management skills, positive self-talk, and effective anxiety management. The University of Delaware’s Office of Disability Support Services’ Academic Coaching Program is both honored and humbled by this unprecedented opportunity to enhance and extend our ability to provide support to our students with Autism."
- Lee Plenn, Academic Coach and Thomas Webb, Director of Disability Support Services
Nova Southeastern University
Access Plus: Students with ASD to Succeed
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
"Nova Southeastern University and its Access Plus program, which provides intensive support to NSU college students with ASD, is proud to be one of the first recipients of Autism Speaks scholarship program. Access Plus was designed to fill the gap between the supports legally required through the Americans with Disabilities Act and the wide range of social-emotional-and behavioral supports required by some academically capable students with ASD. One of the barriers to enrollment at NSU has been the additional cost of the Access Plus program, and the scholarship pool provided by Autism Speaks will allow us to help support five students’ participation in the program."
- Susanne Marshall, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean
New York, NY
"The OASIS College Support Program is honored to be a recipient of the Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund. The OASIS program is self- supporting and is funded only through extra fees that cannot be covered by university scholarships or financial aid packages. The program philosophy is that each student must be supported in all areas of college life and this model requires a high staff to student ratio to be effective. This award will enable our program to offer financial assistance to ASD students in need and will expand our services to those for whom these additional fees would be prohibitive. We are grateful that we will now be able to serve many more students who deserve a chance to succeed."
- Mary R. Cohen, PhD, Director, The Center for Teaching and Research in Autism
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
2 Tracks with Supports
"The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is deeply honored to be a recipient of the Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Education Scholarship Fund. Students with ASD who have sought out UNCG for its noted and valued degree and certificate programs, but have otherwise lacked the financial resources to enroll, will now have an option to assist them in pursuing higher education. UNCG expects that five to six students will be able to access educational opportunities through its Integrative Community Studies Certificate Program for students who have ASD and intellectual disabilities, or for students with ASD who are eligible to matriculate through the top-drawer UNCG degree programs in liberal arts, education and sciences."
- Diane M. Picciuto, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
University of Arkansas
Autism Support Program
The Autism Support Program was established two years ago to assist students with autism spectrum disorders. It provides 15 to 20 hours of direct contact each week with program staff, including coaches, peer mentors and the program director, Dr. Aleza Greene. "We are honored to receive this funding from such a distinguished organization as Autism Speaks,” Greene said. “The scholarships will be extremely helpful to our deserving students and their families. The Autism Support Program is helping these students enjoy the same fulfilling college experience as their neuro-typical peers and we anticipate them graduating and going on to lead gratifying, productive and happy lives.”
- Dr. Aleza Greene, Program Director
Kennesaw State University
Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth
"The Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarships will make a higher education experience accessible for our students with autism. Students will have the opportunity to develop the skills to pursue a meaningful career through skills classes and employment on and off campus. They will attend class with other university students and, with the assistance of their mentors, complete class assignments. Students’ social skills will be enhanced through classes to develop these skills as well as opportunities to socialize with other university students. If the students choose, they can live in university housing which will provide them with the opportunity to practice their newly-acquired social skills. Our autistic students will emerge from our program with the skills and confidence necessary to enjoy a meaningful and productive life."
- Beverly B. Maddox, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Director of Research
“nonPareil Institute is very excited to receive this scholarship grant! We have over 600 applicants on our waiting list, eager to attend nonPareil. Some of them, although qualified and very deserving, are not be able to attend nonPareil due to a lack of financial resources. This generous grant will enable nonPareil to provide scholarship funds to these gifted and deserving applicants. Thanks to the Autism Speaks Brian & Patricia Scholarship Fund for helping provide hope and a brighter future to these students!”
- Gary W. Moore, Co-Founder/President
College Internship Program
Transition Programs in Several College Location
"CIP's comprehensive transition programs offer the opportunity for young adults on the autism spectrum to receive individualized supports for success while pursuing college, employment, and/or independent living. Our national initiative is to Make it R.E.A.L.; Ready for Employment And Life. We are honored to receive this grant which will allow us to offer three $4,000 scholarships, addition to our tuition assistance program, to eligible candidates to defray the cost of tuition and make CIP a reality. Our mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives. Thank you on behalf of the entire CIP Team for allowing us the opportunity to help more young adults realize and develop their dreams!"
- Dan McManmon, Director of Marketing
Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center
Vocational and Life Skills Program
"Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is proud to be a recipient of funding from the Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund. All funds received will be used to provide Financial Aid Scholarships of up to $5,000 per person to individuals on the autism spectrum in need of financial assistance to pay for important Vista services, such as career development, life skills training, social skill development…and more, that assist an individual in the achievement of personal success. These additional funds are a wonderful opportunity to expand the numbers of recipients who can access Vista services. Vista appreciates this generous funding from the Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund supporting our mission of providing services that assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success."
- Linda Rogen, B.A., M.P.H., - Director of Programs and Services
College Living Experience
Vocational and Life Skills Program in 6 College Locations
"In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, the Autism Speaks Scholarship award could not have come at a better time for the CLE organization. On a regular basis, we speak with families who have been faced with the high cost to support their son or daughter's educational & supplemental needs. As a result of this award, there will be a tremendous impact made on the lives of many future CLE students and their families that otherwise would not have be able to attend our program. We are grateful for the generosity of Autism Speaks and have decided to expand upon their gift by matching the scholarship funds. We are thrilled to partner with Autism Speaks and look forward to serving incoming students and their families."
- Amy Radochonski, Vice President
Northeast PA Center for Independent Living
Skills-based Program at a Local College
"The Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund will allow The Center for Independent Living’s Autism program to focus on the particular needs of several college students who are on the autism spectrum. The CIL’s High Functioning Autism Program provides 2 – 5 hours per week of one-on-one skills training on campus. Our focus is to teach the students time management, organization skills and social skills. Our goal is to provide the students with the tools that will allow them not only to remain in college and graduate, but upon graduation, to take these life-long supports into the work place and be successful."
- Rory Giovannucci, M.A., Independent Living Grant Specialist/ Advocate