Program helps individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) going on to higher education
Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, has named the recipients of its 2012 ADHD Scholarship Program. 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 award recipients have been selected from 1,437 applicants across the United States. The recipients were selected on the basis of their community service, volunteer and extra-curricular activities, and response to a personal essay explaining how ADHD has impacted their lives. The recipients’ essays explained the challenges associated with managing ADHD symptoms.
In 2011, Shire introduced the ADHD Scholarship Program and awarded 25 scholarships. Due to the tremendous response, Shire doubled the number of scholarships to 50 in 2012. The scholarship program is part of Shire’s patient-centric approach that offers support to patients with ADHD, their parents, families, caregivers, and patient advocates.
The Shire ADHD Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services. The coaching services are intended to assist the recipients in their pursuit of higher education and are provided by the Edge Foundation. For more information on the program, please see www.ShireADHDScholarship.com.
The 2012 winners are: Isaac Thompson of Arkansas; Adam Redleaf of Arizona; Mariah Carray and Geena White of California; Adam Wruck of Connecticut; Timothy Millison of Delaware; Michael Danis of Florida; Andrew Hawkins, Daniel Tache, and Meredith Wright of Georgia; Tiffany Lamb of Idaho; Bradley Szmurlo and Stephanie Williams of Illinois; James Kinsey and Emily Parker of Indiana; Natalie Mardirossian of Maryland; Jake Bailey of Minnesota; Callie Lack of Missouri; Olivia Langerhans of New Jersey; Brad Bauman, Zachary Elvove, Joseph Hara, and Michael Knapp of New York; Meredith Morrow, Molly Pfordresher, and Abby Thompson of North Carolina; Jacob McClellan and Charles Schneider of Ohio; Jenna Murray of Oklahoma; Cole Goodman, Brett Incollingo, Matthew Moore, and Benjamin Schreiber of Pennsylvania; Dustin Martin of South Carolina; Hannah Thomas of Tennessee; Dominic Lese, Emily Lord, and Katelyn Simmons of Texas; DomineeMcNerney, Tess Mulrean, and Kelsey Peterson of Virginia; and Rachel Best of Washington. The remainder of the 2012 recipients chose not to participate in any publicity.
“We received thousands of applications from inspiring individuals with ADHD who are pursuing higher education,” said Michael Yasick, Senior Vice President of Shire’s ADHD business. “This year’s scholarship recipients exemplify the values of passion, determination, and positive attitudes. We’re proud to recognize these recipients and provide them with tuition assistance and ADHD coaching services to help them continue their educational pursuits.”
Award recipients will be offered ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation, which includes weekly sessions with specially trained ADHD coaches. The 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. This support may be important for students because they have more free time and less adult supervision in a higher education environment.
“The Edge Foundation applauds the commitment that Shire has made to these students in expanding this program. We are happy to provide them with the support of our coaches during this important time in their lives,” said Robert Tudisco, Executive Director of the Edge Foundation.
The Edge Foundation is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that offers support for students with ADHD. The Edge Foundation’s primary mission is to provide access to qualified, professional coaches for students with ADHD as part of their multi-modal treatment program.
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