Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire
In 2011, Shire launched its first US ADHD Scholarship Program.
The scholarship program is for individuals in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are accepted to or will be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, trade school, technical school, or vocational school.
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire includes a $2,000 monetary award and offers a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services. The ADHD coaching services are provided by the Edge Foundation and are intended to assist the scholarship recipient with the transition to higher education.
Shire changed the name of the scholarship in memory of Michael Yasick, a senior executive at Shire whose vision made the Shire ADHD Scholarship Program possible. Mike was inspired by the "thousands of high school seniors, college students, and adults going on to higher education who suffer from ADHD" and envisioned the Scholarship as a way "to recognize the brave individuals who work hard to overcome the challenges of this life-altering condition, and help them continue their educational pursuits." Mike put patients at the center of his leadership philosophy, an approach that earned him numerous awards and distinguished his 22-year career in pharmaceuticals, including his 9 years at Shire.
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.
Shire will award up to fifty (50) scholarships to recipients who meet the criteria designated in the Rules and Regulations. Shire will also award up to five (5) scholarships to its employees (or their immediate family members as defined in the Rules and Regulations) who have been diagnosed with ADHD.
In 2013, the scholarship program was expanded to Canada. The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program is available to residents in the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.
Shire Canada will award up to five (5) scholarships to recipients meeting the criteria designated in the Rules and Regulations. Shire will also award one (1) scholarship to an employee who has been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and who has been accepted to or will be enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, trade school, technical school, or vocational school. For a full list of the Rules and Regulations, visit www.ShireADHDScholarship.com.
Quotes from past award recipients:
“The Shire ADHD Scholarship served to reaffirm the hard work I've done to get to where I am now in college. With the Edge coaching, I've been able to solve problems with someone who fully understands the issues unique to those with ADHD."
- Tom Kline, Endwell, NY
“I have always tried to deal with my ADHD on my own, but working with my coach showed me that it’s okay to ask for help.”
Flemming Ornskov, MD
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Learn more about the US ADHD Scholarship Program – each recipient receives a $2,000 award and 1 year of ADHD coaching services.
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ADHD Scholarship Program - each recipient receives a $1500 CDN award and 1 year of ADHD coaching services.