New Scholarship announced for students with ADHD

06/28/2011  | 

Students in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are planning to pursue higher education have a new scholarship program opportunity. The Shire ADHD Scholarship includes a monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services provided in partnership with the Edge Foundation to help individuals diagnosed with ADHD making the
transition to college, vocational or technical school.
The Shire ADHD Scholarship Program was developed and is being implemented by Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company that focuses, among other areas, on helping those diagnosed with ADHD. This unique scholarship program is part of Shire’s effort to develop opportunities to help support ADHD patients, their families, and the ADHD community.

Twenty five one-time scholarships will be awarded on August 9th, 2011. For information on the scholarship program, including eligibility requirements and the application, visit The deadline to apply is July 7th, 2011.

“Young people have incredible potential, and students diagnosed with ADHD who are striving to accomplish their educational goals may need extra support in many areas. This scholarship gives us a chance to recognize students who, through their hard work and the support of their families, teachers, and many others, have met the challenge of ADHD and wish to continue their education,” said Mike Yasick, Senior Vice President of Shire’s ADHD business. “Helping people with ADHD is an important part of Shire's mission.”

In addition to financial support, Shire recognizes that the transition to higher education can be particularly challenging for students. That’s why Shire is partnering with The Edge Foundation, a leading national nonprofit organization, to offer ADHD coaching services for
each student awarded a Shire ADHD Scholarship.

“All parents want to give their children opportunities, but if their sons or daughters have ADHD they may need extra support, structure and accountability,” says Robert Tudisco, Executive Director of The Edge Foundation. “What makes this scholarship program so
novel is that it gives students with ADHD greater access to higher education opportunities and the tools designed to help with their educational endeavors.”

ADHD Coaching from The Edge Foundation includes weekly sessions with specially-trained ADHD coaches who are passionate about their work. The students set weekly goals and action plans to meet those goals and have e-mail and phone support from their coaches to help keep them on track. This support may be important in the higher education environment where they are living independently, have more free time, and less adult supervision.

The Edge Foundation is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that offers supplemental treatment for students with ADHD. Founded by Neil Peterson in 2005, its mission is to help every child, adolescent and young adult with ADHD to fully realize their own potential,
personal vision and passion through personal coaching. For more information on the Edge Foundation, please visit the company’s website:

Shire’s ADHD Scholarship Program is part of Shire’s comprehensive approach centered on putting patients first by offering treatments and support designed to help patients, parents, advocates and others providing care for people diagnosed with ADHD.
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