The Riley Dempster 22q Family Foundation Scholarship

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Education is the core of The 22q Family Foundation.  Our mission is to provide educational resources to families as they navigate the school system and advocate through educating the exterior community.  As a foundation, we want to encourage and support young adults with 22q, as well as parents 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!


This year, we are again 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.  


This year we will be offering additional scholarship funds to provide more support to more individuals.  


Scholarship Awards: $7,000 in scholarship funds donated this year!

Awards ranging in value from $500-$3,000 will be awarded to winners.


Entry Rules (ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY June 30th, 2022):

-Completion of scholarship application form.  APPLY HERE  

-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) about something that brings you the most joy in your life.  Examples could be an activity, a sports team, a person, a pet, a hobby or whatever really makes you happy!!  We want to hear why it makes you happy, the story behind your love for it and whatever else you'd like to add!

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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