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ADHD Scholarship Application Deadline 3/30/2012

Posted Jan 28 2012 10:05pm
It’s no news to readers of {a mom’s view of ADHD} that the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be most difficult to manage in school. Under a watchful eye of a parent, children are able to stay on top of their school work. But when kids leave home for college, it can be a particularly difficult time for students with ADHD. Academic demands, increased independence, more free time, and a distracting environment, creates an environment where many untreated ADHD students are likely to fail.

But there’s some good news for parents of ADHD college students that are struggling with the transition to college or post-secondary education. Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, has expanded its ADHD Scholarship Program. The Shire ADHD Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award to help with tuition and a year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation . The program is for individuals in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school or technical school. Fifty winners will be selected in 2012, twice as many as in the first year.

The deadline to apply is March 30, 2012. For information, including eligibility requirements and scholarship application, visit . You can either apply by mail or set up an account and apply online. Recipients will be notified if they have received the scholarship on June 12, 2012 – plenty of time to get a coach in place before school starts in the fall.

“The response to the Shire ADHD Scholarship Program in 2011 was tremendous, with hundreds of applications from inspiring students across the nation,” said Michael Yasick, Senior Vice President of Shire’s ADHD business. “There are thousands of high school seniors, college students, and adults going on to higher education who suffer from ADHD. We want to recognize the brave individuals who work hard to overcome the challenges of this life-altering condition, and help them continue their educational pursuits.”

Edge Foundation’s ADHD coaching includes weekly sessions with specially trained ADHD coaches. Students set weekly goals and action plans to meet those goals and have e-mail and phone support from their coaches to help keep them on track. Research conducted by the Edge Foundation showed that most students who received ADHD coaching had substantial gains in their overall approach to learning. The findings will be published in the Journal of Attention Disorders later this winter.

This article was contributed by the  Edge Foundation . The Edge Foundation trains and provides coaches for high school and college students with ADHD.
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