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NDSS #DSWORKS® Blake Pyron Entrepreneurship Scholarship

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) #DSWORKS® is a new
employment initiative whose goal is to educate the general public about how individuals with Down syndrome are employable individuals and should be included in all aspects of the work force; encourage corporations and businesses to invest in hiring people with Down syndrome; and increase the number of opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome to work in meaningful and competitive employment settings.

Blake Pyron, is only 20 years old, and is the youngest business owner in his town of Sanger, Texas, and happens to have Down syndrome. His journey to become a business owner started shortly after he graduated high school. Blake loved his job working at a barbecue restaurant, but it closed one month after his senior year ended. Blake, with the support of his loving and dedicated family, started his own business – Blake’s Snow Shack.

With the goal of supporting NDSS’ #DSWORKS® Campaign and to help other self-advocates pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship, Blake and his family have established the NDSS #DSWORKS® Blake Pyron Entrepreneurship Scholarship. At the Buddy Walk® on Washington, NDSS will award a scholarship to self-advocate to pursue their dreams and aspirations to start their own business.

If you would like to contribute to this scholarship fund, you can do so HERE.

Applicants for the scholarship must:

  • Have Down syndrome
  • Be 18 years of age or older

To apply, please provide answers to the following questions:

  • Tell us about why you want to start your own business
  • Describe your entrepreneurship and the type of business you want to establish 
  • Detail why are you so passionate about this adventure
  • Include your name, address, age, phone number and e-mail address in your application. Self-advocates may apply for themselves or have someone complete the application for them.

The deadline for applications is February 24, 2017. Please submit applications by e-mail to Kandi Pickard at [email protected]. In the subject line of the email, please include “Blake Pyron Scholarship”. The scholarship will be awarded during our 2017 Inaugural #DSWORKS® Employment Conference and Buddy Walk® on Washington on April 3-5, 2017, in Washington, DC. 

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors