Foundation of America

AFA’s Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship

AFA’s Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship provides educational funding to college-bound high school seniors who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Applicants are asked to write an essay (1,500 word maximum) describing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned from it. Winners are chosen based off of their essay scores. The grand prize winner receives $5,000, with additional prizes awarded for runners up. More than $350,000 in college scholarships have been awarded since the program’s inception. 

Entries for the 2022 contest are now being accepted. The entry deadline is March 1, 2022.

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Congratulations to Our 2021 Scholarship Winners!


First Place Winner ($5,000 Scholarship)

Sharada Vishwanath (Northborough, MA)

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Second Place Winner ($3,500 Scholarship)

Sisy Chen (Chicago, IL)

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Third Place Winner ($2,500 Scholarship)

Hunter Field (San Antonio, TX)

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Third Place Winner ($2,500 Scholarship)

Liana Chen (Austin, TX)

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Fourth Place Winner ($1,500 Scholarship)

Eryn Edwards (Ladson, SC)

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Fifth Place Winner ($1,000 Scholarship)

Mackenzie Wright (Gaylord, MI)

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Sixth Place Winners ($750 Scholarship)

  • Hannah Fink (Wonder Lake, IL)
  • Ethan Lam (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • Bryce McKay (Mountain Home AR)
  • Alexa Wickland (Chippewa Falls, WI)
  • Phillip Wilder (Valdosta, GA)
  • Amira Barrett (Atlanta, GA)
  • Isabella Caso (Tulare, CA)
  • Maya Cavounis (Queens, NY)
  • Chloe Fischer (Wheaton, KS)
  • Emma Khoury (Shrewsbury, PA)
  • Chitra Mukherjee (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Bala Vinaithirthan (Danville, CA)
  • Audrey Wessinger (Mount Pleasant, SC)
  • Charlotte West (Montclair, VA)

Seventh Place Winners ($650 Scholarship)

  • Katherine Bates (Collegeville, PA)
  • Catherine Cavanaugh (Lansdale, PA)
  • Gabriela Colon (Homestead, FL)
  • Emily Connell (Rosedale, MD)
  • Anthony Fatigante (Tulsa, OK)
  • Emmanuel Mekasha (Woodbine, MD)
  • Hannah Costa (Bayville, NJ)
  • Abigail Roth (Swanton, OH)
  • Olivia Williams (Arlington, TN)
  • Madelyn Williams (Murfreesboro, TN)
  • Ella Arrant (Knoxville, TN)

Eighth Place Winners ($550 Scholarship)

  • Bella Carlino (Crystal Lake, IL)
  • Sydney Fenner (Sussex, WI)
  • Gracie Holbrook (Cary, NC)
  • Julia Johnson (Atlanta, GA)
  • Brynn Jongetjes (Escondido, CA)
  • Karisa Kopeck (San Pedro, CA)
  • Sarah Lawrence (Republic, MO)
  • Niamh McDade Clay (Rochester, NY)
  • Grace McGuire (Cabin John, MD)
  • Kobe Mercea (Tucson, AZ)
  • Nickolas Veliz (Forest Grove, OR)
  • Ashley Woody (Sherwood, OR)
  • Udit Garg (Breinigsville, PA)
  • Sara Widerhold (Glendale, NY)
  • Skylar Wingate (Fairfield, CT)
  • Alyssa Barta (New Lenox, IL)

Ninth Place Winner ($525 Scholarship)

  • Daniel Wysocki (Palos Heights, IL)

Tenth Place Winners ($500 Scholarship)

  • Caitlyn Chason (Raeford, NC)
  • Preyashi Chaudhuri (East Amherst, NY)
  • Daniella Clayborn (Alpharetta, GA)
  • Erin Fiedler (Grayslake, IL)
  • Sadie Forbes (Andover, NJ)
  • Adrianna Fusco (Revere, MA)
  • Emma Hill (Chapin, SC)
  • Sherell Jeudi (Roslindale, MA)
  • Cory Johnson (North Huntingdon, PA)
  • Stephanie Mayer (Arlington Heights, IL)
  • Julia Merolle (Harrison, NY)
  • Sophie Redwine (Franklin, MA)
  • Joshua Wallington (Troy, MI)
  • Abigail Burris (Valley Grove, WV)
  • Austin Ladd (Rio Rancho, NM)
  • Emma Seymour (Port Neches, TX)
  • Jessica Sperle (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Sweet Pea Wales-Miller (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Kayleigh Wiley (Kokomo, IL)
  • Bailey Williams (Jackson, WI)
  • Avigayil Yacoby (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Chaya Bellamy (Elkins Park, PA)

Honorable Mention ($400 Scholarship)

  • Katherine White (South Boston, VA)