Log in
Show password
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
New member
Sign up for FREE
New customer
Discover our services
Dynamic quotes 
News: Latest News
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance Pro.CalendarSectors

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Awards College Scholarships to Students Impacted by Alzheimer's Disease

07/02/2018 | 12:22pm EDT

NEW YORK, July 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America recently awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 30 high school students from 25 states across the country who submitted essays for AFA’s annual Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest. AFA has awarded nearly $250,000 in college scholarships since the competition began in 2008.

Thousands of college-bound seniors entered the competition, which asks high school seniors to describe how Alzheimer’s disease has impacted their lives and what they’ve learned about themselves and their families in the face of this disease. The heartfelt stories shared the emotions, challenges and triumphs of caregiving, whether for a loved one or someone met through volunteering and how the teens planned to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

“As the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to rise, many teens are finding themselves directly affected, whether it’s caring for a parent, a grandparent, or volunteering in an assisted living facility,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “We were humbled by the stories these teens shared and by the courage, love and optimism each of them brought to their situation. Each of them cares about making an impact, and their eagerness to make a difference in the world and help those affected by Alzheimer’s is inspiring.”

The grand-prize winner, Laurence Crandon of Clarksville, MD, received a $5,000 scholarship for his winning essay about his grandfather’s bout with Alzheimer’s disease. He described how taking on more responsibility as a caregiver for his grandfather as the disease progressed taught him about compassion, patience, and the importance of family.

Dani Moore, from Pendleton, OR, earned first runner up and a $2,500 award for her essay about her grandmother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Her essay focused on the love and devotion of her grandfather who, despite the many challenges caused by Alzheimer’s disease, cared tirelessly for her grandmother and did everything he could to keep her at home for as long as possible. It showed her a love and selflessness that she had never seen before.

Second runner-up, Brooke Serra, from Pittsburgh, PA, won $1,500 for her essay about her great-grandmother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease. Brooke described how it actually brought her family closer together and taught her about loyalty, respect and how to adapt to unfamiliar situations.

The other scholarship competition winners are:

Third runners-up:

  • Cydney Black - Hackettstown, NJ
  • Kyah Davey - Ririe, ID
  • Sarah Birch - North Attleboro, MA
  • Quinn Thompson - Fairfield, CT
  • Taylor Pennington - Gilbert, AZ
  • Annie Wolfert - Fishers, IN
  • James Pedigo - Floodwood, MN
  • Braden Gilbertson - Bismarck, ND
  • Alexander Cole - Hillsborough, NJ
  • Samantha Moser - Cincinnati, OH

Fourth runners-up:

  • Catherine Becker - New York, NY
  • Haley Trebil - Edina, MN
  • Megan Jackson - Crofton, MD
  • Angela Velazquez - Tucson, AZ
  • Ashleigh Gundy - Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Mary Cannon - Lewes, DE
  • Skylar Gordon - Pismo Beach, CA
  • Anisha Mahenthiran - Indianapolis, IN
  • James Ferry - Bayonne, NJ
  • Nicole Ferraro - Bethpage, NY

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jonathan Lolar - Charleston, SC
  • Nimisha Prasad - Oswego, IL
  • Sarah Jehl - Grayson, GA
  • Abbygail Pollack - Orlando, FL
  • Averie Elsass - Massillon, OH
  • Brandon Salazar - Brownsville, TX
  • Olivia Grassel - Boscobel, WI

The third runners-up received $1,000; the fourth runners-up each received $750; and the honorable mentions received $500 scholarships.

For more information about AFA’s Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest, please visit www.alzfdn.org.

About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, the National Memory Screening Program, educational conferences and materials, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

CONTACT:    Sandy Silverstein
                       866-232-8484, ext. 126

Primary Logo

© GlobeNewswire 2018
Latest news "Companies"
10:28aHAGENS BERMAN, NATIONAL TRIAL ATTORNEYS, Encourages Live Ventures (LIVE) Investors with Losses to Contact Firm's Attorneys Now, Deadline Approaching in Securities Class Action
10:22aOLIDATA S P A : Press release Presentation of the Composition plan in continuity - Integration
10:03aARDX INVESTOR REMINDER : Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP Announces Deadline in Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Ardelyx Inc.
09:35a Celltrion's monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19, regdanvimab (CT-P59) becomes the first authorized COVID-19 treatment approved from the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS)
09:34aDEADLINE ALERT : Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP Announces Deadline in Cassava Sciences, Inc. Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit
09:32a“Turkey's export capacity is its trump card to feature among the world's top 10 economies”
09:32aJET2 : Bookings surge update - Saturday 18th September »
09:24aAustralia made 'huge mistake' in cancelling submarine deal, says French envoy
09:12aASTRAZENECA : Enhertu reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 72% vs. trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) in patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer
09:07aSHANGHAI ELECTRIC : Ranks 51st on ENR's 2021 Top 250 International Contractors List
Latest news "Companies"