Alzheimer's
Foundation of America

AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest

AFA’s Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest is an annual competition for college-bound high school seniors.  Applicants are asked to write a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay that describes the impact of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned in light of coping with the brain disorder. The grand prize winner receives $5,000, with additional prizes awarded for runners up.

2021 Essay Submission Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021.

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2020 Scholarship Winners

First Place ($5,000):

Pilar Elaine Carson – Bend, OR

Second Place ($2,500):

Emma Civello – Southampton, MA

Third Place ($1,500):

Connor Bramhall – Wilmington, DE

Runners Up ($1,000):

Jessie Carlisle – Anchorage, AK

Abella Glorfield – Santa Cruz, CA

Sierra Madden – Harrisville, RI

Benjamin McGowan – New Egypt, NJ

Ashley McRae – Bolingbrook, IL

Ayush Noori – Issaquah, NH

Alejandra Paige – Geneseo, NY

Runners Up ($750):

Mairead Burke – Downers Grove, IL

Morgan Douglas – Brighton, IL

Olivia Green – Cary, IL

Rebekah Harry – Chicago, IL

Johanna Hartke – Marion, IA

Molly McCormick – Dexter, MI

Travis Nolan – Richardson, TX

Diana Parker – Dresden, TN

Faith Selenske – Fort Collins, CO

Heba Shaikh – Chantilly, VA

Sharhana Shrestha – Elkhorn, NE

Serene Tompkins – Newark, DE

Annabella Wiles – Lawrence, KS

Lauren Woolley – Easton, PA

Runners Up ($500):

Halla Brill– Corning, NY

Jordan Burke – Cincinnati, OH

Jurgis Daugela – Bloomington, MN

Emelia Keim – Moscow, ID

Paige Magee – Monroe Township, NJ

Julia Papp – Downers Grove, IL

Maddie Putnam – Decorah, IA

Alexandra Schultz – Berthoud, CO

John Soeder – Mentor, OH

Camden Sutherland – Fayetteville, GA

Georgia Turpin – Harrodsburg, KY

Sydney Vickery – Walhalla, SC

Sophia Zalewski – Piedmont, CA

Honorable Mention ($400):

Grace Bradley– Lisle, IL

Hannah Caudill – Keller, TX

Sydney Crowley – Tewksbury, Ma

Christopher D’Accordo – Brooklyn, NY

Malik Fountain – Olympia Fields, IL

Patrick Hart – Alexandria, VA

Emma Hassfurther – Ferdinand, IN

Clara-Rosa Hertzog – Milton, DE

Adalynn Joy – Meeker, CO

Grace Kellerman – Poway, CA

Emilee Magill – North Prairie, WI

Luke Makshanoff – San Clemente, CA

Bailee Marez – Yorktown, TX

Tawni Parrish – Reno, NV

Matthew Pearson – Boynton Beach, FL

Isaac Petrella – Clarence, NY

Samantha Senger – Minot, ND

Paige Sheridan – Quakertown, PA

Jacob Slocum – Springwater, NY

Madeleine Smith – Tampa, FL

Faith Taylor – Bear, DE

Baylee Wojcik – Windber, MA