Understanding the Puzzling Pieces of Autism

Scholarships – College & Conference

College Scholarships

The Autism Society of Iowa has four different college scholarship opportunities:

The deadline for all four college scholarships is March 1.  If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, click on the link below:

College Scholarship Applications


Zach Paulsen

1.  The Zach Paulsen Memorial Scholarship For Students With Autism Disorders

Zachary Paulsen was born with a desire to know how things worked. He loved to know how things were put together and why they worked. He loved to repair bicycles, lawn mowers, snow blowers, and motors of any kind. He also “loved” tools.

Zach graduated and received a degree from WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming in Diesel Technology. His desire was to work with large machinery.

Zach’s life was cut short at the age of 21 but all that knew him would agree that he could go anywhere he wanted with his amazing ability to repair just about anything.

THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS WITH THE DESIRE TO STUDY in Automotive Technology, Collision Refinishing, Diesel Technology, Marine Technology, Motorcycle Technology, HVAC or Plumbing & Heating fields.


Autism_Awareness_Ribbon2.  A scholarship for a student who resides in Iowa, who is on the autism spectrum – For a student, who resides in Iowa, who is on the autism spectrum to attend a post-secondary school.




Sue Baker


3.  The Sue Baker Memorial Scholarship – For a student, who resides in Iowa, who will work in the field of autism upon completion of their post-secondary education.




Clarice & Robert Burkgren

  4.  The Robert and Clarice Burkgren Honorable Scholarship – For an existing college or graduate student,who resides in Iowa, who is currently in a field of study to assist those with autism spectrum disorders upon graduation, or is currently working in the field while obtaining an advanced degree.



Conference Scholarships

Scholarships are available for those on the autism spectrum and family members, based on need, to attend ASI conferences. To apply, click on the link below:

Scholarship Form for ASI Conferences