11-year-old autistic entrepreneur receives full scholarship from HBCU Florida Memorial University | VIDEO

* Carter Bonas recently made headlines for earning a full scholarship to Florida Memorial University. The 11-year-old golfer and entrepreneur, according to Fox 4received the scholarship at the HBCU Golf Classic held at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

The event is an effort by the volunteer organization which intends to support deserving students with scholarships to South Florida’s only historically black college and university.

The young entrepreneur founded his company named Spectrum Golf over the past year and the breakthrough scholarship is key to propelling his entrepreneurial dreams of providing quality golf apparel and custom equipment, reports BE.

Bonas captioned his awards ceremony video with the words, “See you in 6 years (or less) to get that business degree to take Spectrum Golf to the next level.

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The boy was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome – a form of autism spectrum disorder as explained on the Spectrum website – at around 10 months old. He started his entrepreneurial journey by inspiring everyone to accept their differences of spirit and in the process fell in love with golf. Sport – without contact – offers him a great opportunity to focus positively on his efforts.

According to Dr. Thelma Tennie, Bonas’ mother, via the Spectrum website, they allowed him to indulge his obsessive fixations and high energy and fulfill his desire to play with others, but solo at the same time. time, selecting a sport in which his actions exclusively controlled the outcome.

She added that they started seeing positive changes and recovering after some time, making non-contact sports, individual activities, non-traditional therapies and traditional psychotherapy sessions effective in social development and progress. -emotional feelings of the boy.

Dr. Thelma Tinnie – Carter Bonas (Photo: Dr. Thelma Tinnie)

Based on the company’s website, Bonas selected Spectrum for the name of his clothing company because it is considered to be on the “high functional side of the autism spectrum.” After constant bullying and teasing at school, Bonas received great support through therapy and his mother, which allowed him to come to terms with his unique and different condition. Today, he proudly continues to work to better accept himself.

The young entrepreneur, based on the Summary of African American Golfers, also empowers youth through mentorship and motivational speaking at Florida-based schools. It also offers free golf lessons for interested children.

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