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About the Scholarship

By providing funding to educators pursuing training in applied behavior analysis (ABA), CT FEAT supports increasing the number of highly skilled autism professionals in Connecticut. Since 2004, the Craemer Shea Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $80,000 to 41 Connecticut educators, including special education teachers, behavioral therapists, speech pathologists and paraprofessionals.

The scholarship fund was created in memory of Jeremiah Shea’s loving grandparents, Nancy Leahy Shea ad Frank D. Craemer. Mr. Craemer, known to his grandchildren as “Poppy,” was the father of CT FEAT Board member Rosie Shea. Mrs. Leahy Shea was the mother of CT FEAT board member Bob Shea.

According to Bob, “My mother always wanted the best for Jer and would definitely love the fact that through her scholarship we are training professionals to do the best for all kids with autism."

Scholarship recipients are selected by the CT FEAT board of directors. In most instances, the scholarship amounts to $1,000 per semester, with recipients eligible to reapply for further funding as they continue their studies in subsequent semesters. Most recipients have received multiple scholarships and many have completed their professional certifications with CT FEAT’s assistance.
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Who Can Apply?
Any Connecticut special education teacher, paraprofessional, speech-language professional or other educator currently working with children with autism is eligible to apply. The funding can be applied towards the study of applied behavior analysis (ABA) or any specialized autism certification that includes a concentration of training in ABA.

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How to Apply
Applications for funding can be submitted at any time and are awarded three times a year, in August, December and May, coinciding with the fall, spring and summer academic semesters. CT FEAT’s board of directors reviews the applications and makes financial awards based on a variety of considerations, including the merit of the proposed activity, competing requests for funding, and the fund’s overall budget.

Where to Study
Many educational institutions - in CT, the surrounding region and online - offer academic programs in applied behavior analysis. The website compiles information regarding education options and other topics of interest to future and practicing professionals. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) website provides information about accreditation and professional standards.

Applications must be submitted electronically. You can download an application form here. In order to fill out the application, you will need software, such as Adobe or Nitro, which permits you to work with a pdf document. You can download Nitro for free at

Note that the application must be saved and downloaded before it can be filled out. Otherwise the information will be lost. After you have downloaded and saved the blank application form, fill it out and save it again. Then email it to: Be sure to put “Professional Scholarship” in the subject line of your email.

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