Scholarship supports students with ADHD

Shire scholarship offers support, tuition assistance for students with ADHD enrolled in higher education programs

students-with-adhdShire has launched its 2016 Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship. The scholarship program is for legal residents of the United States who are under the care of a licensed health care professional for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and are accepted to or enrolled in undergraduate programs at accredited colleges, universities, trade schools, technical schools, or vocational schools located in the US.

The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire awards each recipient $2,000 in tuition assistance and one year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation to assist in meeting the challenges of higher education. Fifty nationally based scholarships and five employee-related scholarships will be awarded in June 2016. The deadline to apply is March 9, 2016.

Since the start of the program in 2011, Shire has awarded 293 national scholarships and 22 employee scholarships. To see a full list of scholarship recipients, visit

In 2014, Shire renamed the scholarship in memory of Michael Yasick, a senior executive at Shire whose vision made the scholarship possible. Mike envisioned the Shire ADHD Scholarship as a way to recognize brave individuals with ADHD who work hard to overcome the challenges of the condition and to help them continue their educational pursuits.

“Michael Yasick’s legacy of making a difference for individuals with ADHD lives on in the scholarship program, and Shire is proud to support so many talented students in his name,” said Perry Sternberg, head of Shire’s Neuroscience Business Unit.

The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire also includes a year of weekly sessions with ADHD coaches from the Edge Foundation. In addition to weekly coaching sessions via phone or online video chat, ADHD coaches check in via e-mail, text, or phone to assist students in meeting their goals. This support may be important for students transitioning to the higher education environment because they have more free time and less adult supervision.

Neil Peterson, CEO and Founder of the Edge Foundation, said, “Shire’s scholarship program assists students with ADHD to pursue their dream of higher education. We are pleased and honored to be a part of this significant effort.”

The Edge Foundation is a Seattle-based international nonprofit organization that provides access to qualified, professional coaches for students with ADHD. For more information about the Edge Foundation, visit

The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire is part of Shire’s patient-centric approach that provides support to ADHD patients and their caregivers.

Please visit to learn more about the scholarship, the eligibility requirements and to view its governing rules and regulations.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione