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Landmark College, with HollyRod Foundation, offers new scholarship for student with ASD

Landmark College, in partnership with the HollyRod Foundation, will fund a new, full-tuition scholarship for a student diagnosed with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) beginning in the fall 2018 semester.

The Landmark College-HollyRod Foundation Scholarship will be available to a first-year or transfer student with ASD who has been accepted to Landmark College; who has demonstrated financial need; and who will be pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree at Landmark College beginning in fall 2018. The award, which will cover tuition through graduation at the College, has an annual value of $54,600. This is the first partnership between the College and the HollyRod Foundation.

“Landmark College has always recognized the strengths in neurodiverse individuals, and has always offered a dedicated college model to students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHD, ASD, and executive function disorder,” said Dr. Peter Eden, president of Landmark College. “In the spirit of strength in numbers, and given the shared missions of the College and HollyRod Foundation, it made sense for us to work harder, together, to make access to our powerful full-time residential model easier for deserving students with ASD.”

Landmark College, one of only two instutitions of higher education in the country dedicated to teaching students who learn differently, offers a unique educational model and program engineered exclusively for neurodiverse college students, including college-ready students with ASD. The College has been providing students with the skills and strategies they need to achieve their goals since its founding in 1985.

The HollyRod Foundation was founded by actor and activist Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, to support families affected by ASD or Parkinson’s disease. In addition to public awareness campaigns and philanthropic efforts, the foundation has established RJ’s Place, which provides educational and other resources for children diagnosed with ASD and their families. Landmark College honored Robinson Peete with the College’s LD Luminary Award in April 2016, recognizing her efforts to raise awareness of ASD.

“The HollyRod Foundation is proud to align with Landmark College, which for three decades has been offering educational opportunities for neurodiverse college students, including those on the autism spectrum,” said Holly Robinson Peete. “Rodney and I, on behalf of the Foundation, fully support efforts to expand resources for young people with ASD, including higher education opportunities, and Landmark College is a recognized leader in this regard.

Qualified applicants are invited to apply for the Landmark College-HollyRod Foundation Scholarship by March 15, 2018. In order to be eligible, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Accepted and admitted as a full-time student to Landmark College before March 15, 2018
  • Possess demonstrated need as determined by the Free Application to Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder as determined by a qualified physician or psychologist

Interested applicants should complete an application to Landmark College by visiting www.landmark.edu/apply, where details about other required documentation are provided. For more information, contact the Landmark College Admissions Office at 802-387-6718 or admissions@landmark.edu.

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