TACA Hawaii Chapter MAPS Scholarship

Application deadline is March 15, 2017
TACA is pleased to announce that the medical scholarship fund for families living in Hawaii will be made available in 2017. These scholarships will allow families to begin much needed medical treatment or to continue with the prescribed treatment of a Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) doctor. The scholarship also includes some supplements and testing for families new to biomed thanks to our generous corporate partners. We are proud to provide these scholarships and look forward to helping families living in Hawaii in their pursuit of medical treatments.

Eligibility Criteria

Families must meet the eligibility criteria below to receive assistance from the TACA Hawaii Chapter MAPS Scholarship.
•Be a TACA member (sign up online, it’s FREE!)
•Live in Hawaii
•Be a member of the TACA-USA Yahoo! Group
•Read our "Try, Before You Apply" page
•Be working with a Parent Mentor for at least 2 months
•Be a Volunteer - Include the number of volunteer hours served in the year prior, including the organization you volunteered for and the organization’s contact information.
•Attend the 2017 Autism Journey Seminar (Medical Scholarship Orientation)
DATE: March 4, 2017
LOCATION: Aliamanu Community Center, 101 Kauhini Rd., Honolulu, HI 96818 (Click Here for Details) OR send a family representative.
If you don’t live on Oahu you can contact Moira Giammatteo to find out your next steps.
•Have a combined annual household income of less than $85,000. (Applicants with higher household incomes will be considered, but priority will be given to those below $85,000)
•Include a completed ATEC for the child being treated.

What does the scholarship pay for?

TACA will provide financial assistance to eligible families for treatment with a MAPS doctor. The amount of individual scholarships will be dependent on total funds available, number of applicants, past receipt of scholarship, completion of mandatory requirements, and evaluation of the family’s application. We recommend that when you complete your application, you provide an estimate of costs/goals up to $1000.

Once awarded, families will be asked to identify the MAPS doctor they are working with and to whom they would like their funds directed on their behalf. The entire amount of the scholarship will be directed to one doctor and will not be split. This must be decided prior to application and cannot be changed once the scholarship is awarded.

The scholarship will not be paid out to individual vendors for supplements or lab work. If the doctor chosen can provide those services or products, the scholarship funds can be used by the doctor to cover those types of expenses for a scholarship family. NOTE: Payments, once authorized, are NOT made directly to the family, but are instead paid on the family’s behalf directly to the doctor.

Awards will be released in two parts; the first half immediately after award and selection of a MAPS doctor and the second half way through the scholarship year, once a second ATEC is completed and submitted.

Deadline

The Application Deadline for 2017 is March 15th. Scholarships will be awarded within 2 weeks of the application deadline.
Click here for online application.

Applications will ONLY be accepted through the online application form. We will NOT accept any via fax and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Frequency

The TACA Hawaii Chapter MAPS Scholarship is not intended to fund on-going services and scholarship funds are restricted. Once an application is approved, TACA will fund only one request per family per year through the TACA Hawaii Chapter MAPS Scholarship to be used throughout the year as needed for that family.

Application Process

Assistance will be based on the needs of the family and the fund availability. Applicants who have not received funds from TACA previously will be given highest priority. However, TACA reserves the right to provide assistance more than once to the same family. The amount of assistance will vary, depending on availability of funds. Please do not call to check on the status of your application. You will be notified as soon as possible about our decision. Only formal online applications will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted via fax. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Funding of approved applicant will be delivered within seven days of the decision date.

Documentation

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MAY BE REQUESTED DURING THE REVIEW PROCESS BUT DO NOT NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM
•Previous year’s tax return (both tax returns if you are married filing separately as well.)
•Current year’s pay stub showing year-to-date income for all house hold income workers.
•Copy of a utility bill to prove Hawaii residency
•A letter from your doctor or other proof indicating your child’s diagnosis.
•Depending on the nature of your request, additional information may be required.
Please note that, in order to comply with state and federal law, TACA reserves the right to follow up with the family to ensure the assistance was successfully used for its intended purpose.

Conclusion

Not every family who applies for the TACA MAPS Scholarship will receive funding. TACA’s program manager presents the applications to the Scholarship Application Review Committee awards the scholarships. This selection process depends upon the number of applications received in a given time frame, the applicant’s unique circumstances, and the amount of funding available to make the best decision possible.

Why do I need to attend the 2017 Autism Journey Seminar (Medical Scholarship Orientation) on March 4th to apply for a TACA Hawaii Chapter MAPS Scholarship?
Attending this seminar will be critical to helping you manage your child’s treatment protocol. There is so much to be learned and these seminars were created so that you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. There are short cuts and budget saving tips that can be learned from this seminar as well as ways for you to determine what treatment you will need to pursue for your child. Remember, you can always send a family representative if you can’t personally attend.

What if I went to the Autism Journey Seminar (Medical Scholarship Orientation) last year, do I need to go again?

Yes. TACA has discovered that attending lectures, even if on a topic you have heard about before, can be very informative. Our children’s needs change all the time and what seemed important at one point is no longer a concern at another. Also, as our children’s needs change so does our focus on the direction of treatment. It is always good to review where you have been and where you are going with your child’s treatment and this seminar will provide you with the opportunity to do just that.

I don’t live on Oahu where the Autism Journey Seminar (Medical Scholarship Orientation) is being held, what can I do?
Please contact Moira Giammatteo, Scholarship Program Manager for information about your next steps.

I don’t think it’s possible for me to attend personally can I send somebody as my family representative?
Yes. We understand that sometimes it just isn’t possible for the parent to attend. It is ideal if you can attend, but please feel free to send a friend, grandparent, or other family representative to take notes for you. Although we would love for the parent to attend personally, having a family representative attend for you may be helpful since you will have another knowledgeable person on your child’s team.

What if I want to see two different MAPS doctors? Can I do that?
Yes, however, funds from this scholarship will be directed to only one MAPS doctor of your choosing. We suggest that you make all information available to both doctors you are working with. Any award you receive from the TACA Hawaii Medical Scholarship will be sent to one MAPS doctor of your choosing. We will not split the award.

If you still have questions about the TACA Hawaii Chapter MAPS Scholarship, please contact the TACA Family Scholarship Program Manager or call 949-640-4401, ext 107.