The Autism Project of Southern Ohio showed a dedication to education Saturday when the organization awarded $4,000 in scholarships to five college students, each of which is a sibling of someone with autism.
This year’s scholarship recipients include Robert Madden, plastics engineering student at Shawnee State University (SSU); Joanna Glispie, art student at Otterbein; Brandon Neff, double major in music and computer science at Marshall; Andrew Walker, political science student at SSU; and Halea King, pharmacy student at Ohio Northern University.
“I think it’s fantastic to be able to present these scholarships to these young individuals,” Autism Project President Mike Bell commented.
Recipients can use the funding for any of their educational needs from tuition to books or supplies with the goal in mind to help create successful leaders for the future. These particular leaders also have experience with those with disabilities and are compassionate to the needs of others.
“Each one of these individuals here participates in the group,” Bell stated. “They are a vital component to it. To be able to help them achieve college success is awesome.”
Each year, the Autism Project gives out scholarships from funding raised all year. Funds come from various events, including the Annual Walk for Autism held in New Boston.
The Autism Project of Southern Ohio is a non-profit support group for families and individuals with Autism in the Southern Ohio region. The entity exists to spread awareness and to educate the public about autism while also working with those with autism as well as their families in order to provide support and supportive services.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.
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