The Riley Dempster 22q Family Foundation Scholarship

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Education is the core of The 22q Family Foundation.  Not just in educating the world about 22q, but also through our 22q Education Station and 22q Career Pathway programs.  As a foundation, we want to encourage and support young adults with 22q who are looking to further their education and/or career path.  Whether your path is a 2 year or 4 year college, vocational/trade school, or life skills/adult program, we are here for you!  With that in mind, we are extremely excited to once again offer The Riley Dempster 22q Family Foundation Scholarship.  The scholarship was named after Riley as a way to honor her as the inspiration for the former Dempster Family Foundation, and as a way to continue the legacy created by her father, Ryan Dempster.  We offer this scholarship annually to provide financial support to individuals who are continuing their educational journey or career growth while serving as inspirations to the 22q community!


And this year, we are also opening our scholarship to parents in our 22q community! If you are a parent that is returning to school or furthering your education, you are eligible as well to apply for this scholarship.  Please note that we will only allow 1 parent to be a recipient of one of the scholarship awards below.


Scholarship Awards:

1st Place: $2500

2nd Place: $1000

3rd Place: $500  


Entry Rules (ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY June 30th, 2021):

-Completion of scholarship application form.  The form will go LIVE on May 1, 2021.  Click here to apply.

-Send your essay or video to using the same email used for the application. 

An essay (750 words or less) or video (5 minutes or less) sharing something you discovered about yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Examples could be a new hobby or interest you took up, a newly formed relationship, or something deeper you realized during one of the strangest years ever. Feel free to be as creative as you'd like!

Eligibility Requirements:

-Award is specifically for individuals diagnosed with a 22q11.2 related syndrome or for the parent/guardian of an individual with a 22q11.2 related syndrome.  (Proof of diagnosis of self or child may be required prior to awarding of funds).

-Must be enrolling or enrolled at a 2 or 4 year college/university/online school based in the United States, transitional or special needs institutions/programs, training/apprenticeship program, technical, career, vocational, or trade schools, or life skills/adult programs.  Proof of this will be required, as awards will be directly paid to the school or institution.  

-Program can be either traditional associates/bachelors program or special education programs.

-Previous winners are not be eligible enter.

-Awards will be paid directly to the school or institution.



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