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The Hulick Serving Spirit Award 2021-22

The Hulick Serving Spirit Award funds a continuing outstanding Graduate Student in the disabilities field. The award is intended to support 2 years of professional and academic training of a graduate student seeking to pursue a service or research career that will positively impact special needs populations and their families, primarily those born with congenital disabilities, both intellectual and/or developmental, and with a special emphasis on autism spectrum disorders or related conditions. Broadly defined, the field includes areas such as autism, learning and
developmental disabilities, and intellectual challenges. Related work in the field includes normative or atypical development, work with individuals or families, prevention or treatment, and basic or applied research. The 2-year award will also include a plan for a service or research experience with VTAC/CAR each year, to be completed with the VT Autism Clinic, VT Center for Autism Research, or the Mobile Autism Clinic.

Award amount is typically in the range of $2,000-$2500 per year.  Must be a graduate student affiliated with VTAC/CAR, who will be on campus for at least 2 years, with GPA over 3.2.  Due May 14.  For more information, see below.

Serving Spirit Award Announcement 2021-22.pdf

VTCAR Student Award Program 2021-22

VTCAR is excited to announce that applications for the VTCAR Student Award Program are now being accepted for the 2021-22 academic year.  The VTCAR Student Award Program is for graduate or undergraduate students working with a VTCAR faculty affiliate. The program’s purpose is to provide support up to $500 for a graduate or undergraduate student on research that is consistent with the mission of the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (VTCAR). The project must be consistent with the mission of VTCAR, but the scope of projects and use of the funds is left up to the faculty/student team.

Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2021 at 5pm sent to Angela Scarpa at  For questions regarding the award please contact Angela Scarpa at

To apply to become an affiliate, visit our Becoming a VTCAR Affiliate page.  

VTCAR Student Award Program information 2021-22.pdf Request for proposals for VTCAR Student Award



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