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9 Adults With Down Syndrome Find Out They've Won Academic Scholarships


A new video is showing the world exactly what it looks like when dreams come true.

Ruby’s Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who want to pursue post-secondary education. Students ages 18 and over can earn scholarships worth up to $3,000 (one applicant each year is awarded $5,000), and the money can go toward college, community college, vocational training or any other program of the student’s choosing.

It is our goal to create awareness of the capabilities of these amazing individuals and help them achieve their dreams of higher education,” the organization’s website reads.

It can be difficult to describe how much a little extra support can mean for students with special needs, so Ruby’s Rainbow decided to show people. On August 20, the organization released a two-minute video (below) featuring some of its 2015 scholarship recipients in the moment they each learned they’d be receiving a scholarship. Student after student excitedly rips open an envelope and beams into the camera as they announce, “I got the scholarship.”

The students in the video below now have an opportunity to show the world their true potential. But more important, they have a chance to fulfill their own aspirations.

I feel very good,” one of the scholarship recipients says in the video below. “And I am really proud.”

Take a look at the video below.

To learn more about Ruby’s Rainbow or apply for one of the 2016 scholarships, visit the organization’s website.