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Strength in Neurodiversity Scholarship

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Alyssa Douglass
1 winner$1,100
Application Deadline
Apr 27, 2023
Winners Announced
Nov 2, 2023
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Educational Level:
High School Senior
Diagnosed or suspected with a learning disability

Thousands of students rely on scholarships to fund their higher education. Without the opportunities that scholarships allow for, many students would be unable to progress their futures. Given that higher education facilitates access to more diverse and lucrative careers while simultaneously promoting personal growth, it is a great investment. 

Although the impact of scholarships is quite wide, neurodiverse students are under represented. Most scholarships are based on achievement of good grades in classes designed for the neurotypical student.

With neurodiverse students receiving a disproportionate rate of scholarships, many amazing people miss an opportunity to further their education and achieve their goals. As some of the most innovative, hard working, creative, quick thinking and empathic people in society, neurodiverse students deserve an equal chance at furthering their education.

To encourage this, the Strength in Neurodiversity Scholarship will support all high school seniors diagnosed with or with an IEP documenting ADHD, ASD and/or any documented learning disability. 

To apply, please describe your historical experience as a neurodiverse student and how you will leverage your unique neurodiverse strengths, skills and perspectives to succeed in college and/or your proposed career.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Impact, Strength
Published January 25, 2023
Essay Topic

Please describe your historical experience as a nuerodiverse student and how you will leverage your unique nerodiverse strengths, skills and perspectives to succeed in college and/or your proposed career.

400–600 words

Winners and Finalists

Winning Application

Jonaurie Livings
Stafford High SchoolStafford, TX
I appreciate having an opportunity to be considered for this scholarship. Most importantly I am grateful to be able to tell my story. For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with being organized, putting things off concentrating and not turning in my assignments on time. As a result of this, my grades were poor. My parents were at a loss regarding how to assist me. I was taken to multiple counselors. None of whom were able to help me with my problems. My mother discussed her concerns about me with my school. Finally in the ninth grade, I met with the school’s psychologist and with her recommendation, I was seen by my doctor. The visit revealed a diagnosis of ADHD. With the support from my parents, my teachers, the school’s counselor and their psychologist, as well as medication, I noticed a change. ARD meetings were scheduled yearly. It was during the ARD meetings that plans were put into place with my teachers which assured that help was available to me as needed. Included in the school’s plan was seating arrangements close to my teachers. This was done to limit any distractions and so that I could have easy access to my teachers. Tutoring services and after school assistance has also been available to me since my ADHD diagnosis. The medication prescribed by my doctor has helped me to stay focused and organized. My grades also improved. There are times however when I still struggle with these issues. I’m happy to report that the plans put into place by my school to help me succeed has worked. If I hadn’t been diagnosed with ADHD, who knows what my future might have been like. The importance of attending college, has always been a discussion that my parents had with me. As a result of their encouragement , I will be attending Sam Houston State University in the fall. I plan to major in Forensic Science. Conversations that my mother has had with Sam Houston revealed that they can implement a plan which will assure my success . This has most definitely lessen my concerns about going to college. I will definitely miss my support system from school. It’s too bad that I can’t take each of them with me. My JROTC teacher has been extremely supportive of me, and my struggles with ADHD since entering her class as a freshman.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 27, 2023. Winners will be announced on Nov 2, 2023.

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