Inattentive ADHD Scholarships

Happy New Year!!  I am finally getting back in gear after a wonderful family vacation in Florida and I wanted to let you know about a scholarship opportunity.  Shire the pharmaceutical company behind Vyvanse, Intuniv, Adderal XR and the Daytrana Patch has a program for college bound kids with ADHD and ADHD Inattentive type. The award not only includes $2000 in cash but also offers youngsters a year's worth of ADHD Inattentive counselling.

Last year Shire had a few hundred applications for 50 spots.   I think that it is well worth applying because  given that Inattentive type ADHD is generally under represented in any ADHD group, your chances of having your child selected may be even better than if you have a kid applying that had a diagnosis of Combined type or hyperactive type ADHD.

This is only the second year that Shire will award the fifty scholarships to college bound folks with ADHD and the deadline for application for these scholarships is 3/30/2012 for the 2012-2013 school year.  Scholarships will be awarded by June of 2012.  The press release with the web link to the Edge Foundation, the organization managing the awards, and to the Shire scholarship site is below.

Philadelphia, PA, US – October 20, 2011 – Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, has expanded its ADHD Scholarship Program. The program is for individuals in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school or technical school. Fifty winners will be selected in 2012, twice as many as in the first year.

The Shire ADHD Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and offers a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation to assist with the transition to higher education. Fifty one-time scholarships will be awarded on June 12, 2012. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2012. For information, including eligibility requirements and scholarship application, visit

“The response to the Shire ADHD Scholarship Program in 2011 was tremendous, with hundreds of applications from inspiring students across the nation,” said Michael Yasick, Senior Vice President of Shire’s ADHD business. “There are thousands of high school seniors, college students, and adults going on to higher education who suffer from ADHD. We want to recognize the brave individuals who work hard to overcome the challenges of this life-altering condition, and help them continue their educational pursuits.”

Award recipients will be offered ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation, which includes weekly sessions with specially trained ADHD coaches. The students set weekly goals and action plans to meet those goals and have e-mail and phone support from their coaches to help keep them on track. This support may be important for students transitioning to the higher education environment because they have more free time and less adult supervision.

The Edge Foundation is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that offers support for students with ADHD. The Edge Foundation’s primary mission is to provide access to qualified, professional coaches for students with ADHD as part of their multi-modal treatment program. For more information on the Edge Foundation, please visit the company’s website: Hwww.edgefoundation.orgH.

Shire’s ADHD Scholarship Program is part of Shire’s patient centric approach that offers support to patients, parents, advocates and others while providing care for people diagnosed with ADHD.

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