Schwallie Family Scholarship Program
In 2008, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) introduced the Schwallie Family Scholarship Program to support qualified individuals with autism or Asperger Syndrome residing in the United States pursuing post-secondary education. OAR will present awards of $3,000 each across three categories:
- Four-year undergraduate college or university
- Two-year undergraduate college
- Trade, technical or vocational school
These will be one-time awards for any recipient.
As of July 1, 2011, 55 students from across the U.S. have received $178,500 in scholarship funds. Supported initially through gifts from the family of OAR Board member, Ed Schwallie, the scholarship fund has also received generous support from the Lisa Higgins Hussman Foundation in each of the last three years.
2012 Competition (Due Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:59pm EST)
The 2012 competition, which opened Jan. 1, 2012, utilizes an online application system, located at: www.researchautism.org/news/otherevents/ScholarshipApplication.asp.
This system requires applicants to sign up, complete all required fields, and click submit when finished. This application does not need to be completed at once. Be sure to remember your password to access your saved application. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Note to Applicants:
UPDATE: The 2011 winners have been selected. Read the Press Release.
Eligibility: Any individual with an established autism or Asperger Syndrome diagnosis and who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education in the United States for the Fall 2012/Spring 2013 semesters is eligible to apply. Eligible individuals need to be enrolled on at least a part-time basis (6 credits) or be working toward certification or accreditation in a particular field (e.g., studying to be a paralegal, chef, etc.). Past recipients of a Schwallie Family Scholarship or immediate family members of any person serving on OAR's Board of Directors or Scientific Council are not eligible to apply.
Application: The 2012 Schwallie Family Scholarship will utilize an online application system. Sign up and complete the application at www.researchautism.org/news/otherevents/ScholarshipApplication.asp beginning in January 2012.
Review: All completed applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of least three people that will include a representative from the Schwallie family, OAR, and an individual on the autism spectrum. Factors including originality of content, financial need, previous challenges overcome, and any stated future aspirations may be considered by the review committee in making its decision.
Announcement: OAR will announce the scholarship awards by July 6, 2012, and award the funds for the following academic year at the end of July 2012.
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