Pay It Forward Grant: Autism Speaks

The Forward Foundation is proud to award The Pay It Forward Grant to Autism Speaks on behalf of Black American Engineering Scholarship Award mentor Dr. Zuhair Ibrahim. 

Zuhair donates his time and talent as a mentor to The Forward Foundation’s Black American Engineering Scholarship Award. This program combines scholarship with mentorship to increase racial equity in the field of engineering by funding students with scholarships and providing them with professional mentors to assist them in their challenging university programs.
The Pay It Forward Mentorship Grant was created to show gratitude for individuals like Dr. Ibrahim who donate their time as mentors. At the close of the school year, each mentor is awarded a $2,500 grant from the Forward Foundation and is provided with the opportunity to direct the grant in their name to a public charity or educational institution of their choice.

Autism Speaks is a nonprofit organization committed to creating a more inclusive world for all individuals with autism through advocacy, research and innovation, services, and advances in care. The nonprofit, founded in 2005, is committed to building a more equitable and accessible world.

The impact of Autism Speaks is vast, reaching an impressive 26 million people. The organization tirelessly engages with communities, caretakers, and people with autism to provide exceptional care. It also strives to increase global understanding and awareness of autism through championing $4.2 billion in federal funding for people with autism, investing $215 million in scientific grants and research projects, and supporting legislation policy that champions a successful transition to adulthood.

Autism Speaks has also facilitated a comprehensive online network of services that have been utilized by over 21 million people.  The organization ensures access to necessary resources, such as increasing early childhood screening, establishing timely interventions, and enhancing the lives of the community with one-on-one support through direct assistance. The Forward Foundation is proud to donate to such an important nonprofit and, together with Dr. Ibrihim, is happy to support Autism Speaks’ mission of improving the lives of countless individuals living and thriving with autism.