Each year ADDA awards a number of scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000 based on donation funds available to students with ADHD. We are looking for students who have found ways to meet the challenges of ADHD in order to succeed.
Applications are now closed for the 2013 scholarships.
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ADDA 2012 Novotni Scholarship Winner
Mariah Carray is dedicated to making a positive impact in her international and local community. She has held leadership positions in many activities, including mock trial, debate, and student government. However, her service work is central to her life. Mariah has invested close to 600 hours volunteering in her local community! As a sophomore, Mariah was chosen to go to Malawi, Africa to help build a school. This experience strengthened her devotion to spreading cultural awareness, eliminating systematic inequalities and doing service.
Mariah is president of two community service clubs (BuildOn and Interact). In BuildOn, she helps to implement a global education curriculum raising cultural awareness. During her time as president, fundraising profits towards building a school in Haiti doubled. In her clubs, she has actively worked to include students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, including students with mental and physical disabilities. Her passion for equality is evidenced by her poetry in the MLK oratorical fest, her position as the Caucasian secretary of Black Student Union and her day-to-day actions to stand up to injustice. Recently, Mariah organized a clothing drive for orphans from Uganda, collecting over 1,000 articles of clothing. Mariah was selected to represent the United States at the International Youth Congress in Bolivia where she spoke about food insecurity in Oakland. As a Bank of America Student Leader she apprenticed as a grant writer at Junior Achievement over the summer. She completed a corporate grant that will provide the resources to teach 200 underprivileged children to be financially literate. Mariah is a volunteer attorney and bailiff at McCullum Youth Court, a legal diversion program that allows juvenile offenders to avoid the prejudicial justice system. Mariah has won many scholarships and awards including: 1st Place Individual Poetry in the Regional 2009, 2010, 2011 MLK Oratorical Fest, 1st place U.C. Berkeley's Black Graduate Engineering and Science Society’s Science Fair, President’s Volunteer Service Award 2011, and the Nordstrom’s Scholarship.
Mariah will be attending Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She plans to pursue a double major in international relations and community organizing, so she can address local problems with a global perspective.
ADDA 2011 Novotni Scholarship Winners
The "Write" Guy
by Joseph Heimerl
In 500 words or less, I hope I can show you why I would be a good investment if awarded this scholarship. I believe my good attitude, values, dedication, work ethic, and my record for serving others and the community are what you're looking for. Yes, I have A.D.D., but my struggles have always pushed me harder to be better. One specific area I have always struggled, writing. Organizing thOUghts and putting them down on paper, I'd rather have my teeth pulled. So, when I was informed that an article I wrote about A.D.D. was going to be published in the American Academy of Pediatrics, I was shocked. My story really begins in 9th grade, when at mid terms I was failing a class. Unable to focus, struggling to keep up, and forgetting to turn homework in, my mom took me to our family doctor. The doctor explained what was going on and for the first time I was informed I had A.D.D. No, I wasn't dumb because I forgot something I was just told. I wasn't dumb because I couldn't remember what I just read. I had a disease and with medication I could get better. Taking medication helped me to focus, but did little for my writing ability. So, while flipping through a local magazine, I found out about a journalism workshop at St. Thomas University. I applied immediately and was accepted. Throughout the program, I learned how to organize my thoughts, interview people, and with help, how to write an article. Struggling with grades and having people think I was stupid is what motivated me to tell my story. My article was about my struggles with A.D.D. and taking the medication. I thought if I could help just one person with the article it would be worth it. Interviewing doctors, I learned more about the statistics of kids who aren't diagnosed and how they tend to self medicate through drugs and alcohol. Medication can change lives for the better and sometimes for the worse. With the information and my own personal experiences, I wrote my article, "ADD drugs? Not easy to take." My article was read by more than 10,000 students and teachers in the Twin Cities area. I was also asked to speak at Minneapolis South High School about my article to help students. Being able to help someone and change their life for the better is what I think school and community are all about. In the end, being diagnosed with A.D.D. helped me to challenge myself. It also showed me that one small achievement can make a big difference and that I was the "write" guy to tell the story.
by Berit Reisenhauer
When I was seven years old, I asked my mom a question which would have bearing on my entire life. The conversation went like this: "Mom, is Oxford the best college in the world?" She responded, "Yes, it is quite a good school, why?" I then announced with second grade hubris: ''I'm going to go there." I was sure the only place for me was Oxford, one of the oldest and best known universities in the world. While these were lofty dreams for a seven-year-old girl with a large pile of books next her bed and an even larger vocabulary, I still hope to attend a top college; albeit in America. Last year I began the college search process. I would like to attend a liberal arts institution but tuition costs for these schools are unimaginably expensive. I am applying for the Novotni Scholarship to help defray these expenditures. I know a liberal arts college will provide me with a great education I can utilize throughout my life. I want to be challenged and work with students like me --- passionate and intelligent I am convinced there is no better way to achieve this dream than
attending a liberal arts school.
My AD /HD has been a constant test throughout my high school career. Keeping track of homework assignments, learning how to balance my time, and remembering all the small details is an everyday challenge. I keep a daily planner full of lists. Every day I try to complete three things on my list. This "three-a-day" rule helps me stay organized and enables me to get things done by order of importance. I struggled with trying to do it all myself and eventually started taking medication for my AD/HD. It made a huge difference. I wouldn't be able to successfully complete five advanced placement classes without it! It has made my life easier by helping me balance everything with much less effort. While medicine isn't magic it does help.
The financial hurdle of attending college is a significant one for my family. ADDA's scholarship will lower this hurdle helping my educational "leap" to be more manageable. I believe the reason for going to college is not to get a better job, or make more money, or to acquire more things or even to live better, but to be better; to be more, and to grow my mind as I grow spiritually and in maturity. I plan to join the Peace Corps after college and later attend graduate school or medical school. Graduating from college with significant debt will make it harder for me to achieve these goals but the Navotni Scholarship will help considerably.
Soon I'll be walking on to a.college campus, taking my first adult steps towards independence. Your scholarship will allow me to give back by to my community and to the world. It'll help me advocate for other students with ADHD like me! Though we think differently, we're smart and motivated too. We are not a stereotype.
ADDA takes this opportunity to wish you success in the future.