OAR Scholarship Program

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

Number of Awards & Eligibility: This is a highly competitive program. Last year, OAR received 500 applications competing for 40 available scholarships.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must have been diagnosed with autism based on DSM-IV or -V criteria.
  4. Must be accepted and will attend an accredited institution of higher education for an undergraduate degree or a vocational/technical program leading to a certification.
  5. Must enroll in six or more credit hours per semester.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: U.S. undergraduate students who have been diagnosed with autism (based on DSM-IV or V criteria) are eligible to apply for this award.

Application requirements for the OAR Scholarship Program are:

  • Application form
  • Accept. documentation
  • Recommendation letter
  • Essays (3)
Additional Information: Past recipients of an OAR Scholarship or immediate family members of any person serving on OAR’s Board of Directors or Scientific Council are not eligible to apply. The Scholarship Review Committee is comprised of members of OAR's Board of Directors, and augmented by selected parents of children with autism and self-advocates. Reviewers base their evaluation and recommendations on the personal story as conveyed by the essay’s original content: challenges that have been overcome, future aspirations, the importance of the chosen field of study, and how the scholarship will help achieve academic, career, and personal goals.

Award Amount: $3,000 annually, non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $3,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, May 6

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, May 6

Applications are available online from The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) website. In order to access the application, the student must sign up using his/her email address and a password. In addition to the completed online application, the student must upload documentation of his/her acceptance or attendance at a qualifying institution (PDF, JPG, BMP, TIF, or GIF files, only), three short essays, and submit contact information for a recommender. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on the deadline date.
About Organization for Autism Research (OAR):
Contact Information: Alyssa Kruszyna, -
Address: 2000 N. 14th St. Suite 710 Arlington Beach, Virginia 22201

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