Because of the generous community support and our annual “Valley 5K Walk/Run for Autism” fundraiser, SVAP offers monetary scholarships on a limited basis for individuals on the Autism Spectrum, as well as those who support and care for persons on the spectrum. These funds may be used towards services such as respite, therapies, safety, sensory equipment, and personal/professional development.
Scholarships are limited to persons residing in the following Virginia counties/cities in the Shenandoah Valley: Counties of Augusta, Bath, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren, and the Cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro.
Possibilities for scholarships include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Swimming lessons
• Music lessons
• Respite care
• Sensory equipment
• Conferences (for parents, professionals and/or individuals on the spectrum)
• Assistive technology
• Occupational, physical, or speech therapy
• Behavioral therapy consultations
• Mentors or tutors
• Social skills training
Scholarship requests are limited to a maximum of $500 per year. This allows us to help as many individuals as possible. As each scholarship is granted based on the need, occasionally requests for more than $500 will be considered. Preference will be given to those who have not previously been given a scholarship.
Professionals or guardians may assist older children or adults on the autism spectrum with the application process.
The scholarship committee will review the completed applications. The committee may try to find alternate ways to help the individuals who apply. For example, if the scholarship request is for swimming lessons, the committee may suggest a facility that would offer this service at no charge. If a scholarship is approved, in most cases the service provider or vendor will be paid directly.
Please share the attached application with anyone who may be interested. If you have questions, contact us. If you want to get involved, please join us.
Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership