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Brinkley Student Employment Fellowship Program

As the rate of diagnosed individuals with autism spectrum disorder increases each year, there is a growing need to develop employment opportunities for individuals with ASD as they transition to adulthood. 

To address this growing need, WKU Public Broadcasting, in partnership with the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex – and more specifically the Kelly Autism Program Circle of Support College Program – has established the David Brinkley Student Employment Fellowship Program.

This program will support the training and advancement of WKU students with ASD through a student employment fellowship.

A minimum endowment of $250,000 is needed to secure the fellowship program in perpetuity. 

In an effort to continue WKU’s rich tradition of scholarship, and to encourage these students to socially interact with alumni and benefactors, we are seeking private donors to financially support these ASD scholars in this trailblazing program.

Applied Learning 
Students gain valuable experience in practical job training:

  • Television Production (camera operator/assistant, audio operator, teleprompter operator, utility management)
  • Radio & Engineering (newsroom assistance, promo production, website/social media, photography, assist with live remote broadcasts, equipment repair/maintenance)
  • Business & Philanthropy (community events, data entry, fulfillment services, general office duties)

Giving Opportunities

  • Scholar Program – Support an individual student through a specific scholarship (named for the benefactor)
  • Pledge a multi-year commitment of support
  • Make an annual donation to the endowment

Click here to make an online donation. 

For more information, contact Molly Swietek at 270-745-6488 or at
Click here to download a printable, one-page information sheet