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...but we have some BIG NEWS.  If you are a sibling in our 22q community, you are now invited to apply as well. Please note that we will only allow up to 1 parent and 1 sibling to be a recipient of the 6 scholarship awards, meaning 4 of our 6 annual scholarships will be awarded to individuals with 22q.


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, 2023):

-Completion of scholarship application form. 

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

An essay (750 words or less) or video (5 minutes or less) about your dream job and why.  It can be a career that you are actively studying for, or a "reach-for-the-stars" job that you would love to have one day.  Please feel free to share your skills and/or interests you have and how that would be helpful for this dream job.


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.  If you currently do not have a student ID # you will be unable to apply at this time.  



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