New York, NY (February 4, 2015) — The entry deadline for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)’s “Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness” college scholarship competition is fast-approaching. Interested teens must enter by February 15, 2015. AFA will award one grand prize winner a $5,000 scholarship, along with two runner-up prizes of $2,500 and $1,000 each. Seven honorable mentions, in the amount of $500 each, will also be awarded.
This is the eighth year that AFA has held the competition, which asks teens to submit a 1,200-1,500-word essay describing the impact Alzheimer’s disease has on their lives. In addition, teens must share what they have learned themselves, their families and/or their communities through coping with the disease.
“An increasing number of teens are sharing the duties of Alzheimer’s caregiving, whether for a grandparent, a parent or through volunteer experiences,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “Their stories are powerful and the impact of the disease on their lives is tremendous. We are proud to recognize them and help further their education through this competition.”
Currently, an estimated five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is expected to triple by mid-century.
For more information about AFA Teens and to enter the scholarship competition, visit www.youngleadersofafa.org.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,900 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.