Skip to main content

Amy Farnell Education Awards

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year are now closed.

WHAT: Post-secondary award  

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

MAXIMUM AMOUNT: $3,000 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 being 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 $3,000 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.