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Welcome to Captain Spectrum's Be Kind Scholarship
a heartfelt tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Chris Miller, Captain Spectrum

As Captain Spectrum, Chris fearlessly advocated for kindness and fostered friendships that transcended differences, especially among those with disabilities. His impactful efforts touched countless lives, instilling courage and self-confidence in many. When Chris's life tragically ended in February of 2021, AutismTN partnered with the Miller family to create a memorial scholarship.

Captain Spectrum's Be Kind Scholarship is a post-secondary education scholarship that is awarded to a deserving autistic teen or adult who embodies Chris's spirit by demonstrating exceptional kindness, tirelessly fighting bullying, and nurturing friendships. If you are a person on the autism spectrum with aspirations for post-secondary education at a university, community college, or vocational technical school, we encourage you to apply. Be a part of carrying forward Chris's legacy of compassion and empowerment. Join us in making a difference and building a more supportive world.

2024 Scholarship Applications will be accepted December 1, 2023 through April 2, 2024.
Scholarship awardee will be announced at the AfterBash on April 25, 2024.

We encourage individuals who meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Applicant will be a person on the autism spectrum

     residing in Tennessee
  • Applicant will be seeking a post-secondary opportunity at a university, community college, or vocational technical school

Applications must include the following:

2 Letters of Recommendation 

  • Choose teachers, professors, or community leaders who can attest to your character, academic abilities, or community involvement

Personal Statement or Essay

You can record a video or write an essay that includes the following:

  • Share personal experiences, challenges overcome, or significant achievements

  • Clearly articulate your intended field of study and how it aligns with the scholarship's focus

  • Highlight your involvement in community service, clubs, sports, or other extracurricular activities

  • What are some reasons you want to continue your education and what would you like to learn that will help you make the world a kinder place?

Your donation to Captain Spectrum's Be Kind Scholarship invests in the future of those young adults that are working to continue Chris Miller’s legacy.  Please consider making donation today!

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