11-Year-Old Entrepreneur With Autism Gets Full Ride To HBCU Florida Memorial University

Carter Bonasan 11-year-old golfer and entrepreneur, secured a future with HBCU training!

According Fox 4Bonas received a full scholarship to Florida Memorial University while attending the HBCU Golf Classic last Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

Hosted by Champion Charity Incthe golf event is an effort by the voluntary organization whose purpose is to provide scholarships to deserving students who enroll in South Florida’s only historically black college and university.

Bonas founded his own company, Spectrum Golf, just a year ago. This groundbreaking scholarship will propel his business of providing quality golf apparel and custom equipment.

“See you in 6 years (or less) to get that business degree and take Spectrum Golf to the next level,” Bonas wrote under a video of his award.

The young business owner was diagnosed at around 10 months old with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism spectrum disorder, according to the Spectrum website. Bonas began his entrepreneurial journey by inspiring others to accept their differences, like he did when he fell in love with golf. The non-contact sport helps him focus positively on his efforts.

“We allowed him to indulge his obsessive fixations, high energy and desire to play with others (but still solo) by choosing sports where his actions alone controlled his outcome,” wrote the mother of Bonas, Dr. Thelma Tennie, on the Spectrum website. .

“We started to see positive changes and he healed! The use of non-contact sports, individual activities, traditional psychotherapy sessions and non-traditional therapies has been shown to [e]effective in advancing Carter’s social-emotional development.

Bonas chose Spectrum for his apparel business because it’s considered to be on the “high end of the autism spectrum,” according to the company’s website. He was bullied and teased at school, but with the help of his mother and therapy, he continues the work to proudly accept that he is “unique and different”.

Bonas is also empowering other young people through mentorship and motivational speaking at Florida-area schools, according to the Summary of African American Golfers. It offers free golf lessons to all children wishing to learn the sport.

Keep it up, young boss!