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Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism, Round Two

The Perecman Firm is proud to be yet again offering a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student who has been diagnosed with autism or whose close family member has been diagnosed with autism.

Avonte Oquendo went missing from his school in New York on October 4, 2013. Tragically, he was never seen alive again. The 14-year-old was diagnosed with autism and prone to, like many people with autism, wander away or “bolt” from his caretakers.

The lack of supervision that allowed Avonte to flee from his school resulted in him losing his life at a young age. In an effort to support the autistic community in memory of Avonte, The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. is offering a $1,000 scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester.

The Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism provides $1,000 for a student living with autism or whose close family member has been diagnosed with autism. Individuals who are currently enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited college or university are eligible to apply.

This is the second year The Perecman Firm has offered this scholarship in memory of Avonte. Last year, the firm received 118 submissions, ultimately picking Peter Despres as the winner.

The firm’s hope for the scholarship is twofold – that it would ease the financial burden that attending a college or university can inflict, and that it would help Avonte’s memory and message live on.

If you would like to learn more about the Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship for Autism, application requirements, or if you would like to apply online, visit


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