The Adams & Giannou Community Involvement Scholarship

The 2022 scholarship application is now closed.

About the Scholarship

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The mission of the Adams & Giannou Community Involvement Scholarship is to recognize an individual with Down Syndrome for 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 4 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, counselling 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, intelligence and beauty 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


2022 Scholarship

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 a 2022 Adams & Giannou scholarship. Each recipient will receive $1,000.

If you have any questions about completing this scholarship, please contact NDSS at

Additional Information

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant Must:

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

Application Questions

To apply, please provide the following:

  • Photos or videos of the individual with Down syndrome
  • Name, address, age, phone number and e-mail address. Self-advocates may apply for themselves or have someone complete the application for them.
  • Please tell us about yourself by submitting an essay or video highlighting your contributions to your community.
  • Letter of recommendation (download) from someone who is not a family member and can attest to the individual’s commitment to their community. Letters of recommendation can be sent to


  • Five self-advocates will receive the 2022 Adams/Giannou Scholarship
  • $1,000 will be awarded per recipient

Application Deadlines

You should complete the application as independently as possible by May 15, 2022.

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