Seniors impacted by Alzheimer’s encouraged to apply for AFA scholarship

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America announced on Wednesday it’s offering scholarships of up to $5,000 to college-bound high school seniors affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related illnesses as part of its annual Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship.

Entries can be submitted at and must be received by 4 p.m. March 1.

Eligible teens are invited to apply for the scholarship by submitting an essay (1,500 words maximum) or submitting a video, no more than four minutes long, describing how Alzheimer’s disease has impacted their lives and what they have learned about themselves, their family and/or their community through their experience with Alzheimer’s.

Examples of ways that Alzheimer’s impacted a student’s life can include:

>> Having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness.

>> Helping care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness.

>> Volunteering or working in a care setting that serves individuals with dementia.

>> Raising Alzheimer’s awareness in their school or community.

>> Conducting Alzheimer’s research.

The program is open to current high school seniors living in the United States who will be attending a U.S. college or university this fall. Students already attending college are not eligible to participate.

The top prize awarded is a $5,000 scholarship. Additional prizes are awarded for runners up and honorable mentions. Last year, AFA awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 117 high school students.