Are you interested in applying for Avonte Oquendo’s scholarship program? If your answer is yes, then we have all the necessary information you will need on this page.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF AVONTE OQUENDO
This scholarship is given in memory of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic kid who accidentally drowned in the East River in 2013 after straying from his Queens, New York, school.
Avonte’s tale triggered a never-before-seen groundswell of support in our neighborhood. As a result, laws were passed to protect special needs students both locally in New York City (Avonte’s Law) and nationally via federal law (Kevin and Avonte’s Law).
In a 2013 lawsuit brought on behalf of Avonte, attorney David H. Perecman and his firm represented Avonte’s mother. We take pride in assisting students in pursuing their aspirations in higher education, thus continuing Avonte’s story.
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP
As lawyers, we think education is not just a method of personal growth but also a way for people to improve their own lives and, ultimately, the communities in which they live. We are aware that obtaining a post-secondary education might be the line between a solid, prosperous profession and a life of struggle. All kids should have equitable access to that chance, especially those with autism who frequently encounter challenges that other children do not.
High-achieving students who fulfill two essential requirements are eligible for the Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship:
1. You or a close relative has been identified as having an autistic spectrum disorder, such as Asperger syndrome, and
2. The applicant must be accepted to start classes at an approved college, school, or technical school in the term for which the admission is being given, or they must already be enrolled in one of these institutions.
Additionally, candidates must submit a 1,000-word essay on one of the subjects below, with a minimum word count of 500.
We believe that this scholarship will assist a worthy student who is experiencing particular difficulties due to autism spectrum disorder in lessening the economic strain of attending school (ASD). We anticipate awarding this grant and hope all qualified students will submit applications.
Applications are currently being accepted for the seventh annual Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship by The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.
A student who is suffering from autism will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship Fund.
• Has been given an autism diagnosis or has a close relative who has the disorder;
• Accepted or enrolled in a recognized undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college, university, or technical college for the fall semester of 2022.
Application forms, copies of academic transcripts, and brief essays on one of three suggested topics should all be submitted by qualified candidates. The 2022 Scholarship application deadline is July 31, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. August will see the declaration of a winner.
Fall 2022 semester: July 31 at 11:59 EST
Applicants: In case there are any small glitches, kindly submit your form before the deadline. This page must be used to submit all scholarship requests. Any scholarships submitted after July 31, 2022, will not be considered. In August 2022, the scholarship awardees will be informed.
• Describe a time when you had to overcome a challenge that other others would not have had to confront because you had autism.
• Describe how the autism of your loved one has changed you and how you have adjusted to being there for them.
What do you think is the main barrier preventing persons with autism from achieving their full potential today?
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS
• The applicant must be accepted to enroll as a postgraduate student at an accredited school for the Fall 2020 semester, or they must already be an enrolled student at an accredited university or vocational school.
• The applicant must send their most recent transcript, whether official or unofficial
HOW TO APPLY
Please fill out the application in the link below and upload the necessary documents in a pdf or.doc file to be considered for the Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism.
1. An essay with a word count of no less than 500 and no more than 1,000 on one of the aforementioned three subjects.
2. A transcript of grades, whether official or unofficial. You also have to confirm that you have read the scholarship’s Terms and Conditions and agree to them by submitting your application.
The perecman Firm
Interested persons can now apply here