New England Regional Genetics Group

AMH Scholarship

A. Merrill Henderson Consumer Scholarship Fund


The A. Merrill Henderson Consumer Scholarship Fund was established in recognition of the dedicated service of NERGG’s second coordinator.  During Merrill Henderson’s twelve-year tenure, she diligently pursued NERGG’s mission to promote high-quality genetic services throughout our region and was a strong advocate for integrating the views of consumers in this process.


The A. Merrill Henderson Consumer Scholarship Fund offers modest support to New England residents affected by a genetic condition, to enable them to attend relevant conferences across the country. Consumers often seek to educate themselves about genetic issues, conferences and meetings offer important opportunities to gather current information, discover resources, and network with others who share their interest. Attending conferences often requires a significant investment of time and resources that may not be possible without assistance.


  In years past, families have been able to participate in national events related to conditions including Down Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Isodicentric 15, Klinefelter syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, Propionic Acidemia, and Sotos Syndrome.  Families tell us these are vital opportunities for them to become knowledgeable and active in their own care, and they are eager to share information gained with other consumers and professionals.


            The NERGG Executive Committee oversees disbursements from the Scholarship Fund.   Individuals requesting support from the A. Merrill Henderson Scholarship Fund, simply forward a letter expressing their interest, including the significance in attending a specific conference and registration materials.  Support is typically given as reimbursement, whereby a receipt is forwarded to the NERGG Office upon return from the conference. There is a maximum $250 award per applicant, dependent on the availability of funds, with priority given to applicants who have not received funding in the last five years.  Individuals who receive support from the Fund are required to provide a brief written summary of the conference experience to be presented at our annual meeting in December.  Awardees are also welcome to join NERGG as consumer members and become more involved.


            A relatively small grant can have widespread and lasting effect for an individual and a family.   To continue to offer this financial assistance, we need your support.  The A. Merrill Henderson Scholarship Fund is funded solely by­ voluntary contributions from NERGG members and other interested parties. Your tax-deductible contribution should be made payable to NERGG, Inc. (Fed. ID #01-0532101) and can be sent directly to the NERGG Office.