The Meredith Brunner Achievement Scholarship is awarded annually to an individual with Down syndrome who lives in Middle Tennessee and is continuing their education at a post-secondary program, such as Next Steps at Vanderbilt or Ideal at David Lipscomb University.
This fund was established in the fall of 2015 to honor DSAMT Board of Directors’ President Bob Brunner, whose exemplary dedication and effort serves as an example of everything that DSAMT strives to be.
Starting in fiscal year 2016, one scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Recipient will be announced at the annual 3.21 World Down Syndrome Awareness Event. Online applications must be received by March 15th each year.
2017 Meredith Brunner Achievement Scholarship winner: Jason Rogers
When asked why he felt he should be considered Jason's winning response was:
My name is Jason Rogers. I am a student in the IDEAL Program at Lipscomb University. I work hard at school to realize my dream of becoming a teachers aid and moving back to Chattanooga to live on my own. I have been active in activities for disabled persons all my life. I am a Special Olympics Ambassador, I recently visited my elected representatives in Nashville for Disability Day on The Hill. I work hard in school to get good grades and learn all I can. I try to make friends everywhere I go. My parents pay for my college and they say its a struggle to pay for college but worth it for me to get an education and follow my dreams. This scholarship would help me follow my dreams. Thank you.
Jason Rogers was also honored by the Tennessee General Assembly.