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Emma Abberley Scholarship Fund

The scholarship was established in memory of University of South Wales (USW) student Emma Abberley, who inspired both her peers and tutors with her dedication to improving the lives of children and her passion for behaviour analysis. Emma was a valued member of our team of clinic volunteers and aspired to be a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.


The Emma Abberley Scholarship helps children with autism and other developmental delays to access assessment and intervention services the USW Behaviour Analysis Clinic Early Intervention Service.

  • The scholarship provides a certain amount of ABA-based therapy per week at the USW Behaviour Analysis Clinic’s Early Intervention Service. 
  • The term of the scholarship is one academic year (September 2022 – July 2023)

The criteria for application to the scholarship are:

  • The child must be between 2-5 years of age as of 1 September 2022.
  • Parents or carers must describe concerns around the child not meeting developmental milestones that may be consistent with autism or another developmental delay.  No formal diagnosis is needed. 
  • Recipients must not be in receipt of any other funding for ABA-based therapy.
  • Recipients must be able to commit to three, 4-hour sessions per week for the academic year to include three half-day sessions or 1.5 full day sessions.
  • Applicants much be eligible for one or more benefits below 
  1. Child Tax Credit – (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  2. Income Support (with responsibility for children)
  3. Income Based Job Seekers' Allowance (with responsibility for children) 
  4. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  5. Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  6. Guarantee element of state Pension Credit
  7. Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA (IR)). 
  8. Universal Credit (if working, annualised net earnings must be £7,400 or lower)
  9. Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

The Emma Abberley Scholarship is currently closed, the website will be updated with further information in due course.

If you have any questions, please email - [email protected]