Dr. Meme Heineman Scholarship

Funded by
Positive Behavior Supports Corp.
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$6,000
1 winner$6,000
Open
Application Deadline
Jan 14, 2023
Winners Announced
Feb 14, 2023
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Must be a high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student
Field of Interest:
Must be majoring or planning to major in Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis.
Education Level:
Field of Interest:
Must be a high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student
Must be majoring or planning to major in Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis.

Positive behavior support is an approach to supporting people’s behavior in typical home, school, work, and community environments that combines the principles of applied behavior analysis, implementation science, and best practices from other human service fields. It is characterized by a commitment to collaboration; basing interventions on a thorough understanding of the person and environmental influences affecting behavior; proactive, educative, and functional strategies; making decisions on the basis of objective information; and focusing not just on behavior change, but also improvements in quality of life.

In memory of Dr. Meme Heineman, a driving force in the positive behavior support movement and leader in the field, this scholarship seeks to support students pursuing a degree in Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis.

Any high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student who is majoring in or planning to major in Psychology or Applied Behavior Analysis is encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

To apply, please tell us the reasons you believe you should be awarded this scholarship and the ways in which this scholarship will assist you to propel the field of applied behavior analysis using the principles of positive behavior support to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities

Selection Criteria:
Published June 22, 2022
$6,000
1 winner$6,000
Open
Application Deadline
Jan 14, 2023
Winners Announced
Feb 14, 2023
Education Level
Any
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

In 1,000 words or less please tell us the reasons you believe you should be awarded this scholarship and the ways in which this scholarship will assist you to propel the field of applied behavior analysis using the principles of positive behavior support to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.

400–1000 words

Winning Application

Ashton Julian
Alfred UniversityJulian, PA
Hello! My name is Ashton Julian, my pronouns are they/them/theirs, and I am a student at Alfred University with Child Psychology and English majors. I am also autistic. As an autistic individual, I have firsthand experience with the way that students with developmental disabilities are treated in the public school system. I ran an animal therapy clinic at my high school that served students with developmental disabilities and I help teach horseback riding lessons to other autistic children on the most weekends when I am not in college. As someone who is autistic, I think that the people we need to concentrate the most on are non-autistics. Instead of teaching me and other autistic people to mask and appear "normal", why can't we teach non-autistics how to properly support people who are different? One of the biggest problems that I have as an autistic person is that neurotypical people love to speak for me. Non-autistics will see me doing something different and immediately do everything in their power to make sure that I conform to them. They don't give me the chance to explain the why of my actions or thought process. The main issue with this is that it's well meaning. I know that there is no ill-intent behind these people's actions, they are simply trying to help me in the only way that they know how. I am not going to fault the moral character of a person because they don't know the correct way to help me. However, knowing that they don't mean to hurt me doesn't make my needs any less ignored. I think that teaching people to focus more on the needs of the autistic person rather than the remedy of the situation will make a big difference. In my personal life, something that I struggle a lot with is overstimulation and emotional outbursts. I don't have any emotional regulation so I cry a lot whenever I feel like something is overwhelming. Most people's first response to me bursting into tears is to either remove me from the situation or change the situation somehow to fit their perception of the stressor. Very rarely am I asked "How can I help you?". This is very frustrating because of the time my ideal remedy is to simply continue with the activity. Non-autistics seem to feel that me crying is a failing on their part when truth is that it's just an emotional response that most of the time has nothing to do with them. I think that if I was allowed to explain "The reason why I'm crying is not because you are doing something wrong, it's because [x], [y], and [z] happened and my brain doesn't know any other response to it. I am still able to function, I just look like this." then it would be much less frustrating to everyone involved. But because the focus is immediately on salvaging the situation rather than how I feel, my needs are once again overlooked and a sub-par solution is provided for me. Now, this isn't to say that everything autistic people do is justified and shouldn't be questioned. Of course there are things that just aren't acceptable and any behavior that causes harm to another person, animal, or themselves needs to be dealt with appropriately. However, I feel that once those major behavioral issues are dealt with, autistic people are expected to just conform to everyone else and that is really hard on our mental health. This scholarship will assist me in my goals of helping people with developmental disabilities because I would like to write books or give talks on my experiences as an autistic person. I am pursuing an English major as well to help me. I think that with the right language and education I will be able to help others understand the struggles of the autistic community that aren't talked about as often. With this understanding, non-autistic people will know how to help us.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jan 14, 2023. Winners will be announced on Feb 14, 2023.