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As a Kinney Center SCHOLAR, you’ll set yourself apart in the workforce by graduating from college with real-world experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

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The SCHOLARS Experience

With 1 in 59 individuals currently being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the need for trained autism professionals is higher than it’s ever been before. The Kinney Center’s SCHOLARS Program provides eligible undergraduate students actively enrolled at any local college or university with the opportunity to get valuable hands-on experience working in the diverse and dynamic field of autism. 

Being a Kinney Center SCHOLAR means living my passion every day, giving and receiving gifts constantly, celebrating every moment, and being a part of something far beyond my own capabilities as one person."

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Liz Knezetic '17

Facts & Figures


2,000 hours of hands-on experience working with individuals with ASD — an unmatched undergraduate opportunity at any other university.


585 total SCHOLAR participants since 2011.


Ages 2–70 — Students gain experience working across the lifespan.


96% of Kinney SCHOLARS obtain a job in their field or enroll in graduate school.

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Kinney SCHOLARS represent a wide range of majors, including: 


  • Art History 
  • Autism Behavior Studies 
  • Biology 
  • Business Analytics 
  • Communications 
  • Economics 
  • History 
  • Interdisciplinary Health Services 
  • Physician Assistant 
  • Psychology 
  • Religious Studies 
  • Sociology 
  • Special Education
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External SCHOLARS hail from Greater Philadelphia colleges that include:


  • Villanova University
  • Drexel University
  • Holy Family University
  • Temple University
  • University of the Sciences
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Cabrini University

Reach Out and Learn More

Meet Our Current SCHOLARS