The Autism Society of Nebraska is seeking applications for the Dan Archwamety Post Secondary Education Scholarship. A scholarship of up to $500 is available this year for an individual with a diagnosis of ASD. The scholarship must be used toward completing an accredited post-secondary course of study (educational or vocational). Applicant must be currently registered /admitted for the program.
The scholarship will be awarded at the Nebraska State ASD Conference on Thursday, April 7th in Omaha. Persons who have already received this scholarship will not be eligible.
Download the scholarship form HERE.
The Dan Archwamety scholarship was created to give hope, affirmation, and some financial help to young people diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who plan to continue their schooling after high school. Dan died on June 1, 1997, as a result of a bike-truck accident, shortly after he completed his sophomore year at University of Nebraska-Kearney. Dan’s family describes him as, ”an above average student who really had to study hard for the good grades he earned”. Dan worked equally hard to learn how to socialize with other students, both his classmates and those who lived at his dorm.
The day after he died, two letters arrived from UNK, awarding him two different scholarships for his junior year. At his funeral service a fellow student confided that she had no idea that he had a disability. She thought he was so much more mature than other college boys because he would offer to help her and other students in the computer lab at UNK.
Dan did not live to receive his scholarships, but he would be very happy to know that the memorials people gave to honor his life are helping other deserving young people with ASD to achieve their dreams.