The Adams & Giannou Community Engagement Scholarship

About the Scholarship


The mission of the Adams & Giannou Community Engagement Scholarship is to recognize individuals with Down Syndrome who are committed to enriching the lives of others.


Marianna Adams and Natalia Giannou are sisters who grew up in Toronto, Canada. Marianna, who has Down Syndrome is the eldest of four siblings and is a tremendous role model in her family and community.

She has spent over 20 years contributing to her community by working with preschool-aged children, volunteering in her church, counseling children at camp, and lending a helping hand to those in need.  She has shown compassion to those around her by writing cards, making bracelets, spending time with the elderly, and those in need of a friendly face and open ears.  Her kindness, compassion, and intelligence are just a few of the things that make her so special.

We are celebrating Marianna and honoring her contributions by awarding a scholarship to five individuals who participate in their community.  There are so many people with Down Syndrome who are enriching the lives of others daily.  The recipient of this award will receive financial recognition.

Marianna Adams and Natalia Giannou


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Five deserving self-advocates who demonstrate a passion for supporting their local community through service or volunteering and who exemplify Marianna’s passion for helping others will be selected to receive an Adams & Giannou scholarship. Each recipient will receive $1,000.

Additional Information

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant Must:

  • Have Down Syndrome
  • Be 15 years or older
  • Demonstrated community involvement and volunteering


  • Five self-advocates will receive the Adams/Giannou Scholarship
  • $1,000 will be awarded per recipient

Application Deadlines

You should complete the application as independently as possible by June 14, 2024.

You will receive an email confirmation that we received your application. If you have any questions about completing the application, please contact NDSS at