Alzheimerâ€™s Foundation of America offering College Scholarship to High School Seniors
By Lisa Padilla -
Monday Jan 25, 2021
The Alzheimerâ€™s Foundation of America (AFA) is offering scholarships to college-bound high school seniors affected by Alzheimerâ€™s disease of up to $5,000 as part of its annual Teens for Alzheimerâ€™s Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest.
AFAâ€™s scholarship essay contest invites high school seniors to write a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay that describes how Alzheimerâ€™s disease impacted themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned from their experiences. Caring for a loved one living with Alzheimerâ€™s, volunteering or working at a care setting, raising Alzheimerâ€™s awareness or conducting research about Alzheimerâ€™s and other dementia-related illnesses are all experiences that teens are invited to share.
â€œMillions of teens across the country have real, compelling stories about how they were affected, influenced or inspired by their experiences with Alzheimerâ€™s disease,â€ said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFAâ€™s President and CEO. â€œWe encourage tomorrowâ€™s leaders in the fight against Alzheimerâ€™s to share their experiences today for the chance to earn a college scholarship and help raise Alzheimerâ€™s awareness throughout the country.â€
The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. Prizes will also be awarded for first-runner-up ($2,500), second-runner-up ($1,500), and honorable mentions (between $1,000 and $400). Since the programâ€™s inception, nearly $300,000 in college scholarships have been awarded.
AFA has been able to provide these scholarship funds with the generous support of charitable donors. Individuals wishing to support this and other programs and services for families affected by Alzheimerâ€™s disease can do so by visiting http://www.alzfdn.org/donate or calling AFA at 866-232-8484.