The GRAND Scholarship Fund

The GRAND scholarships were created to increase the number of professional practitioners serving those with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for a GRAND scholarship, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be residents of the San Joaquin Valley applying to or enrolled in an accredited graduate program in one of the following fields: ABA (applied behavioral analysis); SLP (speech language pathology); special education; occupational therapy, or those pursuing a SPED credential.
  • Applicants must have had a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better upon completing their undergraduate degree program.
  • Applicants must maintain at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA during their graduate program.
  • Preference will be given to multilingual applicants, however this is attribute is not a guarantee of the receipt of a scholarship award.
  • GRAND encourages those with personal experience with neurodevelopmental disorders to apply.
  • If selected for an award, recipients will be required to maintain full-time enrollment (at least 9 credits) and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Selection Criteria

Below are criteria the scholarship committee will use to review and select award recipients. All applications will be reviewed by the committee in an objective and nondiscriminatory manner.

  • Applicant’s demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, evidenced by a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 during their undergraduate studies and/or graduate studies;
  • At least one (1) letter of recommendation from a supervisor or professor detailing the applicant’s dedication to their field and achievements;
  • The quality of the applicant’s submitted personal statement/essay (“How will you improve the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders or neurodevelopmental disorders in the San Joaquin Valley?”).

Awards and Renewal Criteria

Approximately 10 scholarships will be made available each year, ranging from $4,000 – $8,000 per recipient.

Scholarships will be disbursed per semester and paid directly to the recipient’s university, on their behalf.

To receive each payment of their scholarship award, recipients must:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Provide a copy of their transcripts from the previous semester and their class schedule for the next semester (i.e., a recipient claiming their payment for the spring semester must provide their transcripts from the previous fall semester, along with their spring schedule).

Next payments will be disbursed only once this documentation has been submitted, reviewed, and verified.

If circumstances require, recipients may defer enrollment for one semester. In these instances, their scholarship payment will be awarded when the recipient re-enrolls in school and provides the necessary documentation detailed above. Longer deferments due to compelling, significant, and unforeseen circumstances will require review and approval by the scholarship committee.

Forfeiture of Award

Under the following circumstances, a recipient may forfeit the entirety or remainder of their scholarship award:

  • Recipient fails to meet renewal criteria (maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or full-time enrollment at their university).
  • Recipient fails to respond to the scholarship committee or the Central Valley Community Foundation in a timely fashion.
  • Recipient defers enrollment for longer than one semester without approval by the scholarship committee.
GRAND Scholarship


Deadline Extended
Application Deadline:
Saturday, June 15, 2019

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