Pay It Forward Grant: The Disability Fitness Foundation

The Forward Foundation is proud to award The Pay It Forward Grant to The Disability Fitness Foundation (DFF) on behalf of Black American Engineering Scholarship Award mentor, Dwayne Ingram.

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Dwayne Ingram donates his time and talent as a mentor to The Forward Foundation’s scholarship program titled the 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 professional mentors to assist them in their challenging university programs.
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The Pay It Forward Mentorship Grant was created to show gratitude for individuals like Mr. Ingram 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.

The Disability Fitness Foundation (DFF) has a mission to provide fitness education and opportunities to individuals with disabilities through granting fitness scholarships, researching the correlations between exercise and disability, and equipping the community with education, awareness, and understanding.
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Mark Fleming is the President and Founder of the DFF whose groundbreaking work has been featured on CNN, NowThis , Yahoo, and more. Mark is a business-owning trailblazer and person trainer with autism, himself. With an M.A. in Human Performance from The University of Alabama, Mark specializes in fitness for people with disabilities both as a gym owner and an activist.

The Pay It Forward Grant is funded by The Forward Foundation and awarded by one of our Black American Engineering Scholarship Award mentos. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with compassionate individuals and support like-minded missions for human equality. The Foundation has long been impressed with Mark and his passion for the inclusion of people with all abilities in fitness.