FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEW YORK: July 19, 2016
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) announced today that they will be offering scholarships for graduating high school seniors once again this year, with two big changes.
First, the eligibility requirements for the Anne Ford and the Allegra Ford Thomas scholarships have been broadened: students who have ADHD and not a learning disability (LD) are now eligible to apply. Beginning this year, students with ADHD will be able to apply regardless of their LD status.
“We made this change to reflect our mission to support all students with learning and attention issues. NCLD is pleased to expand the eligibility criteria beyond those who struggle with just LD,” said Dr. Sheldon Horowitz, NCLD’s senior director of learning resources and research. “Individuals with LD and ADHD often face very similar challenges. We’re confident that opening the award to greater numbers of applicants will help us showcase the potential and achievements of young adults as they transition to college and other postsecondary settings.”
In addition, the application process is now easier than ever. Students can apply for this year’s scholarships online, with no mail-in component.
The online application will allow students to monitor the status of their submission, request letters of recommendation by email, and get support from the accessibility features that the application portal provides.
Students can submit applications beginning August 1, 2016. All applications and supporting materials must be received by November 13, 2016.
To learning more about the scholarships visit ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards.
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The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the one in five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues – by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. NCLD is working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life. Founded in 1977 by Carrie and Pete Rozelle, who was Commissioner of the National Football League for nearly 30 years, NCLD was subsequently chaired by Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, and John G. Gantz, Jr., the past President of Argonaut Insurance. NCLD’s current chairman is Fred Poses, former Chairman and CEO of American Standard Companies and current CEO of Ascend Performance Materials LLC. NCLD’s Professional Advisory Board is chaired by Dr. David Chard, Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University and incoming President of Wheelock College in Boston, MA.
NCLD operates a variety of programs including Understood.org, a comprehensive, free online resource to support parents of children with learning and attention issues, which NCLD manages on behalf of its 15 founding nonprofit partners. NCLD also manages Friends of Quinn, an online community for young adults, with founder Quinn Bradlee.
Winner of the 2015 Webby Award for Best Family/Parenting site, Understood.org is a free comprehensive resource created by 15 nonprofits to empower parents of the 1 in 5 children with learning and attention issues, such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia and auditory processing disorder, through daily access to experts, personalized resources, interactive tools and a supportive community of parents. Since its launch in late October 2014, Understood.org has supported more than 16 million people.