Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Foundation of America

AFA’s 2018 Teen Scholarship Essay Contest

Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just affect the people who have been diagnosed with it; it also affects their loved ones, caregivers and people of all ages, including children.

Each year, AFA holds a scholarship essay contest which asks students to describe how Alzheimer’s disease changed or impacted their lives. Whether they’ve had a loved one with the disease, volunteered or worked as a caretaker or are just passionate about the cause, the next generation of leaders in the fight against Alzheimer’s have a story tell.  Thousands of students submitted entries into the 2018 competition.

This year, AFA is awarding $30,000 in college scholarships to students across the country through the program.  Since the program’s inception, AFA has awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarship funding.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Grand Prize Winner ($5,000):

Laurence Crandon- Clarksville, Maryland

First Runner Up ($2,500):

Dani Moore- Pendelton, Oregon

Second Runner Up ($1,500):

Brooke Serra- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Third Runners Up ($1,000):

Cydney Black- Hackettstown, New Jersey

Kyah Davey- Ririe, Idaho

Sarah Birch- North Attleboro, Massachusetts

Quinn Thompson- Fairfield, Connecticut

Taylor Pennington- Gilbert, Arizona

Annie Wolfert- Fishers, Indiana

James Pedigo- Floodwood, Minnesota

Braden Gilbertson- Bismarck, North Dakota

Alexander Cole- Hillsborough, New Jersey

Samantha Moser- Cincinnati, Ohio

Fourth Runners Up ($750):

Catherine Becker- New York, New York

Haley Trebil- Edina, Minnesota

Megahn Jackson- Crofton, Maryland

Angela Velazquez- Tucson, Arizona

Ashleigh Gundy- Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Mary Cannon- Lewes, Delaware

Skylar Gordon- Pismo Beach, California

Anisha Mahenthiran- Indianapolis, Indiana

James Ferry- Bayonne, New Jersey

Nicole Ferraro- Bethpage, New York

Honorable Mentions ($500):

Jonathan Lolar- Charleston, South Carolina

Nimisha Prasad- Oswego Illinois

Sarah Jehl- Grayson, Georgia

Abbygail Pollack- Orlando,  Florida

Averie Elsass- Massillon, Ohio

Brandon Salazar- Brownsville, Texas

Olivia Grassel- Boscobel, Wisconsin