Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Foundation of America

AFA’s 2019 Teen Scholarship Essay Contest

Application deadline: February 15, 2019

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

Each year, AFA holds a Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness 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 to tell.  We want to hear yours!

All current high school seniors who are US citizens/permanent residents and will be attending an accredited four year college/university next year are welcome to enter the competition. Essays must be a maximum of 1,500 words.

The grand prize is a $5,000 college scholarship.  Prizes will also be awarded for first runner-up ($2,500 scholarship), second runner-up ($1,500 scholarship), third runner-up ($1,000 scholarship), fourth runner-up ($750 scholarship) and honorable mention ($500 scholarship).  Since the program’s inception, nearly $250,000 in college scholarships have been awarded.

Entries and required supporting materials must be submitted by February 15, 2019.

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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

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