The Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship supports students attending two-year universities, life skills or postsecondary programs, or vocational, technical, or trade schools. Hussman applicants typically make up the pool of talented students who face daily challenges related to autism and attend programs that assist in skill-building, job readiness, and other transition-related skills. In addition to completing the application, applicants must also submit a written essay, proof of diagnosis (if selected as a finalist) and two recommendation letters (one from a parent/guardian and the other from a non-relative).
Any individual with an established autism diagnosis and who will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education in the United States for the upcoming school year is eligible to apply for OAR scholarships. However, students who have already received a bachelor’s degree are not eligible, and the scholarships do not support graduate or postgraduate studies. Eligible individuals need to be accepted for enrollment or enrolled on a full-time basis (minimum 6 credits) or be working toward certification or accreditation in a particular field (e.g., studying to be a paralegal, chef, etc.).