Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism

The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. was touched by the story of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, an autistic boy who went missing after he wandered away from school in 2013. The outpouring of support and assistance that accompanied the search for Avonte was unprecedented. Although Avonte tragically did not make it home alive, they want to show the same support for the autistic community in memory of this extraordinary young man. That is why The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. is offering a $1,000 scholarship for a student living with autism, or whose loved one is living with autism.

As attorneys, they believe that education is not only a tool for personal development, but also the means by which individuals can better their own lives and ultimately shape and improve their communities. They know that earning a post-secondary degree can be the difference between a strong, successful career and a lifetime of hardship. They want that opportunity to be open to all students equally, especially those who have autism and often face obstacles that other students do not.

Annual Amount

$1,000

Additional Selection Criteria

The Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship is open to high-achieving students who meet two key criteria:

  1. Either you or a close family member has been diagnosed with a form of autism, including Asperger syndrome, and
  2. Applicant must be an enrolled student at an accredited college, university, or vocational school, or be accepted to begin school at an accredited college, university, or vocational school in the semester for which the application is being offered.

Additionally, applicants should submit an essay on one of the topics listed below with a minimum of 500 words and maximum of 1,000 words.

Essay Topics:

  • Tell us about a time that you have had to overcome an obstacle as a person with autism that other people would not have had to face.
  • Explain how your loved one’s autism has affected you and how you have adapted to help them.
  • Answer this question: What do you feel is the biggest obstacle holding back people with autism today?


Application Process

Applicant Requirements:

  • Applicant must be an enrolled undergraduate student at an accredited college, university, vocational school, or be accepted to begin school as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university for the Fall 2019 semester.
  • Applicant must submit their most recent official or unofficial transcript (i.e. high school, college, or post-graduate)

How to Apply:

To apply for the Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism, please complete the form on website at:  https://www.perecman.com/avonte-oquendo/autism-scholarship/  and upload the following items in a .pdf or .doc file.

  1. An essay: minimum 500 words and maximum 1,000 words, on one of the three topics listed above.
  2. An official or unofficial academic transcript.

By sending in your application, you signify that you have read and are in agreement with their Terms & Conditions.


Deadline

July 31, 2019

For the application or more information go to:
https://www.perecman.com/avonte-oquendo/autism-scholarship/