Congratulations to Our 2014 Scholarship Award Recipients!
Posted: August 21, 2014 in The Ability Hub News
Richard Haskayne Scholarship
The Richard Haskayne Scholarship “For Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders” an annual scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to an eligible Albertan with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) pursuing post high school education, training or vocation. Applicants for this scholarship must submit a 250 word essay on “How being a student with Autism has impacted their education,” as well as their educational goals and post-secondary program plans.
This year’s award goes to: Spencer Shields
Spencer is a hard-working student at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and he just so happens to have an autism spectrum disorder. He uses strong self-discipline to overcome challenges such as in communication. He has found many ways to get supports at school and be successful at what he does. He is planning to complete his degree with a major in Visual Communications and Design, and is looking toward a bright future.
Dr. Fraser Mustard Scholarship
The Dr. Fraser Mustard Scholarship for “Advancing Knowledge in the Field of Autism Spectrum Disorders” is an annual scholarship of $5,000. It is awarded to an eligible Albertan pursuing a post-secondary academic program in a field that supports and furthers the knowledge and/or research of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Applicants for this scholarship must submit a 750 word essay outlining why they are interested in the field of autism and their research experience to date. As well, they must document their volunteer activities and accomplishments with respect to Autism.
This year’s award goes to: Amanda Smith
Amanda is a 2nd year doctoral student in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at the University of Calgary. She is active with the PEERS program at the Ability Hub, as well as the Autism Spectrum Education, Research, and Training (ASERT) lab at the U of C. She is involved in direct care work with individuals on the spectrum, as well as research exploring individual and family experiences regarding ASD. Her current research focuses on the lived experience surrounding the decision making process that parents encounter when deciding if, how, and when to tell their child about their ASD diagnosis.