Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Foundation of America

Stay tuned for information and deadlines for the 2019 Scholarship Essay Contest!


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 high school seniors 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 $250,000 in scholarship funding.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Grand Prize Winner ($5,000):

Laurence Crandon- Clarksville, Maryland

First Runner Up ($2,500):

Dani Moore- Pendleton, 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

Megan 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