This contest is closed and the winner will be announced soon.

Dentistry by John Barras, DDS Offers Autism Scholarship

Dr. John Barras is pleased to announce that Dentistry by John Barras DDS, located in Houston, Texas, will be offering a $1,000 scholarship for people who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD or autism). The scholarship will be used to cover a portion of the tuition at the educational institution chosen by the winning applicant. The aim of the program is to encourage and assist those with autism to fulfill their educational goals.

Education and Autism

ASD includes conditions that can have a profound effect not only upon the education of individuals, but on the conduct of their daily lives. Because autism tends to have a major impact on education, Dr. Barras as well as the other dentists and staff at the office are hopeful that the offering of this scholarship will serve as an incentive to continue their education.

The 209 Autism Scholarship

The $1,000 scholarship may be utilized as tuition assistance at a vocational school, or at a college (including junior college) or university. The funds will be paid as tuition directly to the school selected by the applicant. We do not require that an applicant be attending school when he or she submits the application; however, the funds are required be used within one year from the date the award is made.

Application Requirements

The application consists of:

  • The online form.
  • A short statement (to be uploaded) of 135 words or less setting forth the applicant’s educational goals.
  • (Optional) An article (essay) (also to be uploaded) of not more than 850 words on the issue of the impact of autism on your educational experience.

We may also ask you for proof of your diagnosis. The completed application (including any upload(s)) must be in our hands no later than February 19, 2020.

Privacy of Information

When you submit your information, it becomes our property. However, we do not sell that information, nor do we publish it except as we may deem necessary or appropriate to publicize our scholarship or our scholarship program.


Inquiries concerning the application or any other matters relating to the scholarship should be provided to us preferably by email to:

John Barras, DDS
1330 Post Oak Blvd. #1300
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 993-9814

This contest is closed and the winner will be announced soon. 

2019 Autism Scholarship Contest


Any U.S. citizen who has been diagnosed with ASD and who wishes to continue his or her education is eligible to apply.

Selection of the Winning Applicant

The winning applicant will be selected by John Barras, DDS, in his sole discretion. We will announce the name of the winner on or before July 1, 2020.