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Herbert A. and Charles E. Kester Scholarship Fund The Herbert A. and Charles E. Kester Scholarship was established at The Pittsburgh Foundation by Kevin and Tracy Walsh to honor their good friend, Charles Kester, and his father, Herbert. Both Charles and Herbert were very generous and loving men. This scholarship continues their legacy of helping children by giving them every chance to be all they can be. As Charles liked to say, “It is in giving that we receive.” This scholarship was established to provide scholarship awards to individuals with autism spectrum disorder who require substantial or very substantial support and whose families do not have the financial means or supports to provide a family member with quality experiences or learning opportunities. Often, individuals with developmental disabilities do not have the same access to engage in opportunities which are crucial in developing social, educational and developmental goals.

Average Award: Varies
Award Type: Single Year. Previous recipients are encouraged to re-apply in consecutive years.
Deadline: 2/28/2020


  • Reside in Allegheny County, Washington or Westmoreland Counties of Pennsylvania.
  • Have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis which requires substantial or very substantial support. Psychiatric evaluation with diagnosis is required.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Plan to attend an experience or learning opportunity during the summer (6/1-8/31) at a registered nonprofit (501c3) organization such as therapeutic riding, art lessons/therapy, music lessons/therapy, summer camp(s) of all types, respite or other activity deemed appropriate by the Scholarship Advisory Committee.
  • Be aged 25 years or younger.

How to Apply

  • Complete the essay section of the application.
  • Submit a copy of your child's psychiatric evaluation and/or proof of diagnosis.