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Sean Kelly Scholarship Fund

The Sean Kelly Scholarship Fund provides needed program fee scholarships to those families whose children may have limited participation in programs due to financial reasons. In 2015 alone, Have Dreams was able to provide over $80,000 to families in need of vital programs for their children. This fund is comprised of donations made by individuals, many of them Have Dreams families and Board members, wishing to assist those families whose financial circumstances make it difficult to meet class fee obligations.

Honoring the memory of Sean Kelly

Sweeney Family - Garage Sale

The Sweeney/Kelly families are no strangers to Have Dreams. Maureen Sweeney and her brother Tim both served as presidents of the Have Dreams Board of Directors. Maureen joined the board in 2004 and Tim followed in 2006. The Sweeneys were raised in a family of actively involved volunteers where helping your community was always held in high regard. In 2005, tragedy struck the Sweeney family when Sean Kelly, a nephew of Maureen and Tim’s, was tragically lost in a car accident at the young age of 22. The family created the Sean Kelly Scholarship Fund to honor Sean and his love for children. The creation of the scholarship fund has allowed his family and friends to continue to spread Sean’s joyful spirit by providing opportunities for children with autism whose families are struggling with the financial burden of caring for these children, and could not otherwise attend programs at Have Dreams without scholarship assistance. Each year, Sean’s family and friends host fundraisers to support this scholarship fund. Since 2005, the Sean Kelly Scholarship Fund has raised almost $59,000 to provide scholarships for Have Dreams participants. Have Dreams is very grateful to the Sweeney and Kelly families for honoring their beloved nephew through this scholarship fund, which has enabled so many children to attend programs at Have Dreams.

Read the letter below to learn more about how the Sean Kelly Scholarship Fund helps our families:

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How You Can Help

To contribute to the Sean Kelly Scholarship Fund to ensure program fee support for children and teens with autism. For more information on our scholarship fund and how you can help, please contact Bobbi Goldman, Director of Development at 847.685.0250 x112 or