RiSE Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was created and maintains it’s commitment and mission to award the success of students with specific learning differences; however,  we have come to recognize the need to award students who have persevered and thrived with one of the complex disorders of brain development that fall on the Autistic Spectrum.

Moved by the many essays we have received in past years, RiSE has decided to award one student with a diagnosis on the Autistic Spectrum each year beginning in 2013.

This award for $2500.00 will be made payable to the University or College that the awarded student is attending their freshman year of college in the fall after graduation.

This year’s winner is:


Blake Goodrich

Pt. Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

First receipent of the “RiSE Awards Autism” Scholarship. 

At 3 years old, Blake was diagnosed with Autism and Sensory Integration Dysfunction. This diagnosis, along with later finding out that he had heavy metal poisoning, made Blake feel like a “Wild Child”. He struggled to sit still, listen and go along with any group. He craved routine.  After years of tutoring, help with special education and participating in occupational, speech and physical therapies Blake began to become the well regarded student he is today.

His various therapies, school interventions,  and finding a few interests that help him “ work with his hands”  like robotics, golf  and band have helped him grow tremendously. He encourages others to try and find a group of students who have LD as well and are unique and interesting. “Support each other and strive to be the best you can be with the talents and challenges you were given”, Blake suggests.

His teachers shared that Blake is a pleasure to have in class, has an excellent memory and is always prepared. All are great qualities to have as he heads to college in the fall. Michele D. Mosca,  Blake’s Social Studies teacher at Point Pleasant Beach High School, envisions a happy, successful future for Blake…Ms. Mosca remarks that not only does he deserve it, he has “earned” it.

Good for you,  Blake! RiSE agrees- You have earned it!  

The 2 “RiSE Rewards Autism Spectrum” Honorable Mention Award Winners are:

 These two students will receive $500.00 payable to the college they attend in the fall of 2013.

Skyler Bexten  from Kalispell, Montana

Nora Elsebaey  from Sterling, Virginia