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CT FEAT Announces Spring 2015 Professional Scholarship Winners

For more than 17 years, Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT FEAT) has worked to increase the availability of high quality autism treatment. This commitment is exemplified in the organization’s unique scholarship program supporting professionals seeking specialized training in applied behavior analysis (ABA).

CT FEAT’s Craemer Shea Memorial Scholarship for Professional Development has awarded more than $56,000 in scholarship money to 29 Connecticut educators, including special education teachers, behavioral therapists, and speech pathologists. For the spring 2015 semester, scholarships were awarded to three individuals, two of whom are first-time winners. They are:

1) Erica Bauer, a BCaBA at Meliora Academy in Meriden, from Plainville, CT.
2) Christine Geary, a behavioral therapist in the Waterbury public school system, from Watertown, CT.
3) Alexandra Sherburne, a developmental specialist at Connec-To-Talk in Wilton, from Norwalk, CT.

The scholarship awards are approved by CT FEAT’s Board of Directors and typically amount to $1,000 per semester. Recipients may apply for multiple semesters and most, such as three-time scholarship winner Meghan Cave, have done so.

Cave recently shared the great news that she had passed the BCBA exam. She wrote to CT FEAT’s board, “I couldn’t have made it to where I am today without your support and wanted to extend my deepest gratitude as I start this next part of my journey. Thank you for everything you have done for me.” Thank you, Meghan, for your dedication to our community!

Scholarship winner Erica Bauer CT FEAT Professional Scholarship recipients have pursued their studies in a variety of ABA graduate programs, including Elms and Endicott Colleges in Massachusetts, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Saint Joseph’s University, Western Connecticut State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Bay Path University.

CT FEAT is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children on the autism spectrum achieve their potential. Founded 17 years ago, and led by parent volunteers, CT FEAT focuses on educating families and improving the quality and availability of effective treatment. Information on how to apply for the scholarship can be found at www.ctfeat.org.
Scholarship winner Erica Bauer  


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