Autism Scholarship to be Awarded by RJT Criminal Defense Lawyers

The San Diego law firm of RJT Criminal Defense Lawyers is offering a $1,000 scholarship for persons diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (autism or ASD). The funds will be applied toward tuition at school selected by the winning applicant. The Firm’s aim is to encourage those with ASD to continue their schooling.

Effects of ASD on Education

Autism Spectrum Disorder describes a number of developmental disorders. Those diagnosed with the condition may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHA), which affects about half of children with autism.  Other medical and mental health conditions associated with ASD include sleep problems, anxiety disorders, and epilepsy, among others. ASD also affects communication and social interaction, and while ASD is often associated with children, more than half of young adults with autism are unemployed and do not enroll in higher education during the two-year period following high school.

Since the condition impacts the educational process, RJT Criminal Defense Lawyers and its founder, Ryan J. Tegnelia, are hopeful that the scholarship opportunity will serve as encouragement to those diagnosed with autism to further their education at the vocational and/or college level.

Scholarship Description

The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 and will be paid as tuition aid at the educational institution (trade school, college or university) chosen by the successful applicant. The scholarship funds will be delivered the school chosen by the winning applicant. While there is no requirement that an applicant be enrolled in school when he or she submits the application the $1,000 tuition fund must be utilized no later than a year after the announcement of the name of the winner. We also reserve the right to request proof of your diagnosis.

Eligibility Requirements

An application may be submitted by U.S. citizens with ASD and who would like to pursue their education at a trade school, college, junior college, university.

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Steps in the Application Process

In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Fill out the application below.
  • Prepare and upload a statement (up to 150 words) telling us your educational aspirations.
  • (Optional) Prepare and upload a statement (up to 750 words) on the impact of autism/ASD on your education.

Your entry, and any uploads, will become the property of RJT Criminal Defense. We will not sell any of your information to third parties. However, we do collect website traffic data, using cookies.

Your completed application must be in our hands by February 14, 2020.


The selection of the winner of the scholarship will be at the sole discretion of Ryan J. Tegnelia. The name of the winner will be announced on or before June 26, 2020.

Privacy of Information

Your information, once supplied in the application, becomes the property of RJT Criminal Defense Lawyers. We do not sell or disseminate your information to third parties, but we may use that information if we deem it advisable when we report on or publicize the scholarship and/or the RJT Criminal Defense Lawyers scholarship program.


Inquiries relating to the application process or to our scholarship program sent to the address set forth below. We strongly prefer that all inquiries be sent by email:

RJT Criminal Defense Lawyers
2820 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 577-0868

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