Alexandra Dilger Award

Alexandra Dilger Award for Neurodiverse Young Adults

Do you have an educational or career goal in mind, but need a little help to get you there?

The Alexandra Dilger Award helps support neurodiverse young adults striving for greater independence while reaching for their dreams.

Awards are not monetary scholarships; rather, the award will provide recipients with the tools and supports for success. Awards are made through high school transition programs, two- and four-year colleges, and nonprofit organizations providing programs and services to neurodiverse young adults. Recent awards have included assistive technology, tutoring services, online classes, adaptive driving lessons, and specialized tools and equipment.

Award criteria:

  • Has been a resident of Connecticut for the last two (2) years;
  • is 18 to 30 years old;
  • Faces challenges due to autism, an intellectual/developmental disability, or is otherwise neurodiverse; and
  • Is making active strides towards attaining a specific goal.

Nomination forms may be submitted by a neurodiverse individual or a nominator who knows an eligible candidate.

The deadline for nominations is May 30, 2024.

Questions or further information, please contact the Community Foundation at or 860.347.0025

The Alexandra Dilger Award Fund was established by Gale and Patrick Dilger in memory of their daughter, Alexandra, who lived a rich and fulfilling life despite personal challenges with depression and anxiety.

To be considered for the award, please complete the following submission form:

Alexandra Dilger Award Nomination

Nomination form for neurodiverse young adults determined to reach a specific goal.

Individual Nominated
An individual may be nominated by a community member or self-nominated.
eligible applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old.
Name of Guardian (if applicable)
Personal Reference (if self-nominated)
This may be a teacher, guidance counselor, employer, relative)
Nominator (if not self-nominated)
Does the nominee know about this submission?
If you are nominating an individual, have you informed them that you are nominating them for the award?
Please tell us about a goal you (or the individual you are nominating) have been working towards achieving despite challenges faced, and what things you (or they) believe could help contribute to the realization of that goal. (character count includes spaces)
Please provide the name of the high school transition academy, college, or nonprofit organization in which the nominee is enrolled or participating in services.

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