Last week, the Scholarship Coach in US News & World Report provided information on scholarships that can help students with autism finance their postsecondary education and ease the transition to college.
Scholarships featured include the KFM Making A Difference scholarship started by Autism Speaks staffer, motivational speaker and autism advocate Kerry Magro. The application for this year's scholarship is open until April 30.
In 2013, Autism Speaks launched the inaugural Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund. This program selects postsecondary education 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. In January 2014, we announced the eleven recipients. A total of $249,000 was awarded to institutions and programs including two- and four-year colleges, vocational programs and transition programs. The 2014 application will open in August.
In conjunction with the Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund, Autism Speaks also released a Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide designed to help young adults with autism and their families explore the different opportunities and learning environments after leaving high school.