Shire Announces Fifth Annual Scholarship for Individuals With ADHD
Chesterbrook, Pa. –– Shire plc announces the launch of the 2015 Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship. The scholarship program is for legal residents of the United States who are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and are accepted to or enrolled in undergraduate programs at accredited colleges, universities, trade schools, technical schools, or vocational schools located in the US.
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire awards each recipient $2,000 in tuition assistance and one year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation to assist in meeting the challenges of higher education. Fifty (50) scholarships will be awarded in May 2015. The deadline to apply is February 18, 2015.
Since the start of the program in 2011, Shire has awarded 243 national scholarships and 17 employee scholarships. To see a full list of scholarship recipients, visit www.ShireADHDscholarship.com.
In 2014, Shire renamed the scholarship in memory of Michael Yasick, a senior executive at Shire whose vision made the Scholarship possible. Mike envisioned the Shire ADHD Scholarship as a way to recognize brave individuals with ADHD who work hard to overcome the challenges of the condition and to help them continue their educational pursuits.
“Shire is proud to support these bright and talented people in their pursuit of higher education—and to honor Michael Yasick’s legacy of making a difference for individuals with ADHD,” said Perry Sternberg, head of Shire’s Neuroscience Business Unit.
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire also includes weekly coaching sessions with ADHD coaches from the Edge Foundation. In addition to weekly coaching sessions via phone or online video chat, ADHD coaches check in via e-mail, text, or phone to assist students in meeting their goals. This support may be important for students transitioning to the higher education environment because they have more free time and less adult supervision.
Neil Peterson, CEO and Founder of the Edge Foundation, said, “We are grateful that Shire, through this unique program, is helping students with ADHD.”
The Edge Foundation is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides access to qualified, professional coaches for students with ADHD as part of a total treatment program. For more information about the Edge Foundation, visit www.edgefoundation.org.
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire is part of Shire’s patient-centric approach that provides support to ADHD patients and their caregivers.
Please visit www.ShireADHDscholarship.com to learn more about the scholarship.