The Perecman Firm officially launched a scholarship honoring Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy who went missing after he wandered away from his Long Island City school in 2013. The $1,000 scholarship will be for a graduating high school or college student who is living with autism, or whose close family member has been diagnosed with a form of autism, including Asperger syndrome.
The deadline for the Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism is July 31, 2015.
“The outpouring of support and assistance that accompanied the search for Avonte was unprecedented. Although Avonte tragically died, we want to show the same support for other students affected by autism in memory of this extraordinary young man,” said Attorney at Law David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm.
Applicants for the Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism must be currently enrolled or have been accepted to an accredited university or college, either at the undergraduate or post-graduate level. Additionally, applicants need to submit an essay on one of three topics which can be found on The Perecman Firm website.
More information and the online application for the Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism can also be found on the website for The Perecman Firm.
“Our hope is that this scholarship will help offset the financial burden of attending school for a deserving student who is familiar with the unique needs and strengths of a person with autism,” said Perecman.
The Perecman Firm added a section to their website to honor Avonte, to increase awareness about autism, and to share resources where families can find support. The Perecman Firm has represented and continues to represent Avonte’s family in connection with his tragic disappearance and death.