The Arthur S. Mintz Memorial Scholarship Award includes:
- Discounted early-bird registration fee of $50. You may request up to 2 discounted conference registrations per household.
- Post-conference reimbursement for 3 nights at Renaissance SeaWorld in Orlando ($575 maximum per household).
- Post-conference reimbursement for up to $250 per person or $500 maximum per household for eligible transportation, KiddieCorp childcare, and meal expenses.
About the Arthur S. Mintz Memorial Conference Scholarship: The scholarship was established in memory of a kind-hearted, thoughtful man who befriended a young man in his community who has Fragile X Syndrome just because he thought it might be helpful to the family and good for the young man.
Arthur “Artie” Mintz was the type of person who, when presented with a problem by his friends, would try to help them. He even went so far as to help a young woman whose family he knew seize an opportunity to attend Julliard when her family could not afford it. Artie also volunteered his time at a school for “at risk” girls during his frequent trips to Israel for his work with school administration. Artie was truly a selfless man and would never take credit nor brag about his good deeds. Many stories became public knowledge only after Artie’s passing in early 2017, though one was known by most — his relationship with the young man with Fragile X syndrome.
For four and a half years, they spent most Fridays together after school hours doing whatever the young man wanted to do and, occasionally, something Artie wanted to introduce to the young man’s life. This relationship developed into something very special for both men but the success stems from Artie’s thirst for knowledge about Fragile X Syndrome. He asked the family many questions and did his own research. He began to speak with his many friends on the off chance someone might have additional information that would be helpful to his understanding and/or the family. In large part, that is why so many in his life knew about the relationship. Everyone involved recognized Artie’s efforts made a tremendous difference and had a positive impact.
It is because of this and because those who have been touched by him, wish everyone were fortunate enough to have an Artie Mintz in their life that this scholarship was created. The Arthur S. Mintz Memorial Conference Scholarship covers the registration and hotel costs of attending the biennial NFXF International Conference. It is awarded to first-time attendees who, without this scholarship, would be unable to attend. The conference provides the opportunity to better understand Fragile X syndrome and related disorders, learn what is happening in research, connect with the greater Fragile X community, and make some new friends. Just like a friendship with Artie, the conference has a positive impact on and makes a difference in the lives of those living with Fragile X.