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Amy Farnell Education Awards

Applications for the 2024/2025 academic year are now closed.

WHAT: Post-secondary education award

FOR WHOM: Full-time Nova Scotia students on the autism spectrum

MAXIMUM AMOUNT: $2,000 a year, renewable for up to four years

MADE POSSIBLE BY: The Craig Foundation and Autism Nova Scotia

In honour of Amy Farnell, long-time supporter and cherished friend, Autism Nova Scotia and the Craig Foundation are pleased to present the Amy Farnell Education Award(s) to eligible Nova Scotian students who identify as autistic/on the autism spectrum, and who have been accepted into a full-time post-secondary program.

Each year, the Craig Foundation will contribute $25,000 to the award with each individual award valued at up to $2,000 a year. Each award is renewable for the regular duration of the chosen program, to a maximum of four years. To renew, the student must be in good academic standing and remain enrolled full-time.

The Award is administered by Autism Nova Scotia in partnership with the Craig Foundation and the Amy Farnell Awards Committee.


To be considered for this award, applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Nova Scotia. 
  • Identify as autistic/someone on the autism spectrum.  
  • Have been accepted to, or currently enrolled in any post-secondary institution. 
  • Be registered to a course load that qualifies them as a full-time student. 
  • Be more likely to pursue post-secondary education with this extra financial support. 

To apply for this award, eligible applicants must: 

  1. Complete the Application Form, including the essay portion.
  2. Submit the completed Application Form along with the Acceptance Letter from the student’s educational institution for the upcoming academic year OR a confirmation of enrollment with program start date.
  3. Provide an unofficial high school transcript or unofficial post-secondary transcript.

If you have any questions regarding the application process for the Amy Farnell Award, please contact us at or call 902-446-4995.