Educational Scholarships

Alpha-1 Scholarships

Educational Scholarships

Every year the Alpha-1 Foundation awards educational scholarships to Alphas and their immediate family members. Many Alphas with severe symptoms must change careers or go on disability. The scholarship program is designed to assist those in need to further their education and the opportunities available to them to support their families.


Eligibility Criteria

These scholarships are open to Alphas and immediate family members who have been accepted for study at an approved institution, i.e., an accredited university, community college or technical institute, and who have not received an Alpha-1 Educational Scholarship previously. Funds may be used for:

  • Tuition
  • Registration and other fees
  • Books and related materials


A scholarship review committee of the Foundation Board of Directors reviews and selects candidates for these scholarships. The call for applications is made each year in January and the scholarships are awarded in May.

For more information or questions, contact Alexis Artiles at 877-228-7321 ext 331 or


Scholarships in Perpetuity

Peter Smith Scholarships ($500 - $2,000)plus

Peter Smith wrote, edited and published Alpha-1 News from 1989 until 1992. Before his early death due to Alpha-1 he was spreading the word to over 1200 households. His efforts encouraged, enlightened and inspired those with Alpha-1 to reach out to one another and to learn. The intent of the Peter Smith Scholarship is to continue this tradition by helping those with Alpha-1 and their families to learn and achieve.

Robert J. Haggerty Memorial Scholarship ($2,500)plus

Bob Haggerty was Treasurer of the Alpha-1 Association for many years as well as master of ceremonies at the National Conference. He loved to joke, always made people laugh and through laughter their problems were diminished, even if just for an evening or a moment. Unrestricted educational grants are provided by AlphaNet to fund this scholarship in perpetuity.

John W. Walsh III Memorial Scholarship ($2,500)plus

John W. Walsh III was the father of John W. Walsh IV, Fred Walsh, Judith Walsh and Susan Ferro. He was a friend and mentor to hundreds of Alphas and a patriarch of the Alpha-1 community. He became well known to Alphas across the country when he made a personal commitment to support his three Alpha-1-affected children in creating awareness and increasing detection of Alpha-1. As a coach and counselor at Melrose High School, he dedicated his life to working with young people. He served two terms as president of the Massachusetts Guidance Counselors Association and later worked in admissions at Merrimack College. Following his retirement, he was a life coach to many, including those with Alpha-1. Unrestricted educational grants are provided by AlphaNet to fund this scholarship in perpetuity.


Donating to the Scholarship Fund and Establishing a Scholarship

The number of scholarships awarded depends on the generosity of people, corporations and foundations.

If you would like to support a scholarship recipient by donating or establishing a named scholarship, please contact the Alpha-1 Foundation at 1-877-228-7321 ext 204.