AFA Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship


March 01, 2023

Awards Available: 70

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  • AFA’s Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship provides educational funding to college-bound high school seniors who have been impacted by Alzheimer's disease and who reside in the United States, and plan to enter an accredited college or university in the U.S. Applicants are asked to write a 1,500-word maximum essay that describes the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on themselves, their families, or their communities, and what they have learned in light of coping with it.

    Multiple winners are chosen based on their essay scores. The grand prize winner receives $5,000, with additional prizes awarded for runners-up. A valid transcript from your high school must be included in the submission or the application will not be considered. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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Barb D  on 2/2/2021 9:06:13 PM

Although there are "medical differences" between a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and Dementia, the financial, physical, and emotional toll each disease has on a family is the same. I wish this scholarship was open to those who have dealt with family members with Dementia. It is a topic that could easily be expressed based on our family's first-hand experience. Please let us know if we could apply

Jada L  on 1/21/2021 6:49:08 PM

I will enter this scholarship

Laila P  on 1/21/2021 12:24:28 AM

Hi. My great-grandfather had suffered from rapidly inclining Alzheimer's for 7 years. He past away when I was 8 years old the last I had visited him in Ecuador. Since his diagnosis my entire family was warned of the high hereditary risks it would endow. So far, neither my grandmother or father have reached the age of the Alzheimer's threat. Watching the decline of my great-grandfather was heart breaking and even traumatic for an 8 year old like myself to build a memorable relationship with him and a glimpse into what the disease can do my other loved ones and I aspire to understand Alzheimer's.

Laura G  on 1/8/2021 6:58:00 AM

My great Grandpa who lived to 100 fell and and fractured his hip at the age of 95 and he was put into a nursing home. He was then diagnosed with Alzheimers and couldn't remember any of us around him. I would love to tell my story and write more information about this disease that me and my family suffered with for years.

Leah J.  on 11/13/2020 10:48:15 AM

My grandmothers, was diagnosed with Alzheimers. She was diagnosed the past couple years. She has had rapid decline in health as well as over memory and mental capacity. Because of this pandemic, my family is no longer allowed to see her which is extremely heart breaking because we just have to continue on with our lives knowing she is slowly dying because of something she can not control. It was a dramatic experience for me to see the reactions of her before and after and it breaks my heart that families suffer with this awful disease.

Hana Rababeh  on 11/5/2020 9:33:39 PM

Alzeimers disease is a very personal condition in my family. I would be interested to apply for this scholarship.

Corbin C  on 11/2/2020 2:53:11 PM

My Great-Grandmother suffered for about 5 years with this disease while also battling cancer. She had many people who took great care of her, but it was difficult to watch her struggle with basic, daily activities. My great-grandfather was also beginning to show signs of dementia too. I have been told that my family is at risk for this disease. My grandmother was eventually placed in a nursing home so that she could be taken care of around the clock. We would visit her often. A lot of times she didn't know who we were. I know that this was very hard on my grandmother and mom to see her suffer like this. It hurt to see the fear and confusion in her eyes because she was always so busy and loved to take care of others. She sadly passed away when I was 6 years old from a combination of cancer and dementia.

Anna H.  on 10/26/2020 6:43:14 PM

My sweet neighbor and woman I called Grandma Betty was diagnosed with Alzheimers when I was in 8th grade. Her progression was pretty slow at first and I chuckled at how many times she would ask me how old I was or what I wanted to be when I grew up. Her loving husband, my Grandpa Larry, tried to care for her at home and did a fabulous job for a long time. Her care got to be too overwhelming for him and she was placed in a home for Alzheimer's patients. Visiting her was one of the happiest, yet saddest things I have done. It was happy because I always left there feeling that I had made her feel good and had spent quality time with a woman I admired and loved. But it was so sad to watch her slip away and actually become mean because she did not have a mean bone in her body. I also loved all the time I spent talking to my Grandpa Larry. I learned a lot about the history of Kalamazoo, but most importantly I learned what "in sickness and in health" and "til death do us part" really means. He religiously spent every moment with her and was the one who made sure she was properly cared for. He never left her side and loved her until the very end. I miss both of them, but I am very thankful for the time I was given with them.

Kennedy P.  on 9/25/2020 1:05:12 PM

My Great-Grandmother suffered for nearly five years with Dementia. Her rapid decline in health, mental capacity and overall health posed many sleepless nights for our family. My Great -Grandmother's Dementia was coupled with paralysis and a myriad of other ailments. Countless hospital stays, doctor visits and days riddled with pain, uncertainty and fear, we came to terms with the illness. Since her death in October of 2019, my Great-Aunt has now been diagnosed with this awful disease.

Jada Crowell  on 9/15/2020 5:38:38 PM

My grandmother, great grandmother and great aunt, all were diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I never met my great grandmother, however, I've only known my grandmother and great aunt behind the mask the wore daily. This disease is very strong in my family. My mother said if I ever see that she's forgetting or struggling please take her to the doctor immediately. She said she and her sisters made excuses for my grandmother, thinking she was just getting old but this wasn't the case. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at 60, this disease destroys your memory and other important mental functions.

Summer Y  on 8/13/2020 4:18:57 PM

My Grandmother was recently diagnosed with early on set Alzheimer's just a few years ago. She has been on a rapid decline in health, forgetting who I am or where she is. Her panic attacks are getting worse and worse. We are doing all we can for her. But it's getting so bad. I don't want to lose her without actually losing her.

Skylar A  on 7/5/2020 6:41:32 PM

My great grandmother had dementia since I was born. I didn't know her any differently.all I knew was she was family and I loved her.she use to tell me stories about her time and the Kennedys. I don't know how much of the stories were facts.she would go missing sometimes and it was extremely dangerous because she lived near the woods. She sadly passed away when I was 13 years old

Amanda Tillman  on 5/14/2020 5:04:21 AM

Hello.. I think that this is a great scholarship to apply for. Dementia has it so many families in all countries and it really hit my family hard. My great grandmother had it, I was only two at the time but my mother talks about it. And my aunt had it and passed on March 21, 2020. Praying that one day they find a cure or other medication to slow it down. We must keep positive thoughts that a better medication will be created to help families with this disease one day.

Madison Condurso  on 3/6/2020 10:49:00 AM

My grandfather was diagnosed with early on-set dementia about 10 years ago. He has declined in the last 10 years where he is now in a assisted living facility. He has progressed to where Alzheimer's is his diagnosis. It is heartbreaking to see what this disease does to a persons mind and body. My grandfather was an extremely smart, strong person who took care of everyone. Now he is dependent on all of us to take care of him which we all do so willingly.

Ashia Harris  on 2/2/2020 1:27:52 PM

I’ve only became aware of Alzheimer’s 6 years ago when I met my great grandmother for the first time. I met her but she wasn’t able to meet me ,she would never be able to know my name or know me as a person. I watched her go from wondering around the house to not being able to get out of the bed by herself. This opened my eyes Alzheimer’s and I’ll continue to support research and be an advocate for the disease.

Ruth L  on 12/3/2018 12:57:34 PM

I have been volunteering at the old age facility at a hospital and I have met with multiple patients suffering from this heart breaking disease. I just moved to America from Dubai less than 7 months ago and I plan to pursue a Biology course to gain a Physician Assistant masters

Gary C  on 8/12/2018 9:57:37 AM

I work in an Alzheimer's care facility as a way to pay my way through cosmetology school. I was excited to first see this scholarship because everyday I see first hand the devastation of this tragic disease. I was then horribly disappointed to discover that only 4 year college students are eligible. Many teens and young adults are affected by this disease and want to better their circumstance through education that is not a 4 year program.

Nir R  on 7/24/2018 9:34:01 AM

I moved to the state 1 year ago from Tel-Aviv and now its my time to fulfill my dream to have B.A from important American university. Hope i can make it with your assistance

Nir R  on 7/24/2018 9:19:26 AM

I moved to the state 1 year ago from Tel-Aviv and now its my time to fulfill my dream to have B.A from important American university. Hope i can make it with your assistance

Evan D  on 3/21/2018 4:33:29 PM

IM just looking for a chance..