Berklee College of Music rewards autistic piano prodigy with four-year scholarship

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — An Englewood teenager who has overcome incredible odds will see his dream of going to college come true.

Ben Jenkins’ family was told he would never speak, but years of therapy proved that wrong. Unfortunately, that therapy cost money and didn’t leave anything for tuition to college.

So he started playing concerts to raise money and earned about $20,000, but it still wasn’t enough. His family sent a copy of a story about him to Berklee College of Music in Boston. The school saw how hard he was working and will now pay for a four-year scholarship.

Then there was another surprise. A local donor who knew of Ben’s dedication to a soup kitchen where he volunteered donated money for all of his expenses at Berklee, including room and board, for his entire four-year stay.

“Ben has this remarkable way of just touching people in ways that others don,” said Annette Nunez, Ben’s therapist.


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