PHILADELPHIA--(Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, announces a distinguished panel of judges for its ADHD scholarship program for the 2012-2013 academic year. The program is for individuals in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are pursuing higher education at an accredited college, vocational school or technical school. The judging panel includes representatives from ADHD and mental illness advocacy organizations, as well as leading physicians in pediatric, adolescent and adult psychiatry professional organizations. The Shire ADHD Scholarship Program will award fifty scholarships in 2012. In 2011, the program awarded twenty-five scholarships.)--
“The response to the Shire ADHD Scholarship Program in 2011 was tremendous. We had hundreds of applications from inspiring students across the nation. We’re grateful that so many advocates and experts are on the judging panel, including five who are returning from last year”
The Shire ADHD Scholarship includes a one-time $2,000 monetary award and offers a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services provided to assist with the transition to higher education. The Edge Foundation will provide the ADHD coaching services. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2012 and the scholarship award recipients will be announced on June 12, 2012. For information, including eligibility requirements and the scholarship application, visit www.ShireADHDScholarship.com.
The judging panel includes:
Carol Caruso, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania;
David Baron, MS.Ed., D.O., past President of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP);
Evelyn Polk Green, MS.Ed., President of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA);
Laurence Greenhill, MD, immediate past President of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP);
James E. Nininger, MD, a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the American Psychiatric Foundation;
Steven Peer, M.S., President, Board of Directors, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD);
Anthony Rostain, M.D., M.A., President of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD);
And two members of Shire’s senior leadership team. For more information on the judges including biographies, visit the judges’ page on http://www.shireadhdscholarship.com/judges.aspx
“The response to the Shire ADHD Scholarship Program in 2011 was tremendous. We had hundreds of applications from inspiring students across the nation. We’re grateful that so many advocates and experts are on the judging panel, including five who are returning from last year,” said Michael Yasick, Senior Vice President of Shire’s ADHD Business Unit.
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 may receive e-mail and phone support from their coaches to help keep them on track.
“What makes this scholarship program so novel is that it gives students with ADHD greater structure, accountability and assistance – important tools to help with their educational endeavors,” said Robert Tudisco, Executive Director of the Edge Foundation.
The Edge Foundation is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that offers coaching 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: www.edgefoundation.org.
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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