Educational Scholarships

Alpha-1 Scholarships

Every year the Alpha-1 Foundation awards several educational scholarships to Alphas and their immediate family members. This program is available to Alphas, their children, grandchildren, and spouses. The scholarship program is designed to assist those in need to further their education and the opportunities available to them to support their families.

For more information or questions not answered on this page, contact Kim Caraballo at


Scholarship Process

The call for applications is made each year in February and the scholarships are awarded in June. A scholarship review committee of the Foundation Board of Directors reviews and selects recipients for the scholarships in May. Scholarship winners are notified by a letter from the review committee in June. Applicants who are not selected will be notified by e-mail. If you have not received a letter or e-mail from our office by July 15th, please contact us. Please ensure that we have a current e-mail address on your application.


2018 Applications

The 2018 round of applications for educational scholarships has closed. Recipients will be selected and announced in May. 


2019 Applications

2019 applications for educational scholarships will be available in February 2019. The deadline to submit applications will be end of March 2019.


Eligibility Criteria

The scholarships are available for post high-school education to individuals with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, their spouses, and their children. Individuals must be accepted for study at an approved institution, i.e., an accredited university, community college or technical institute. Individuals are only eligible to receive an Alpha-1 Educational Scholarship once.

Funds may be used for:

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

Application Requirements

Your application MUST include the following attachments:

  • A copy of your high school transcript if you are going to begin college for the first time, or a copy of your most recent transcript if you are a continuing student
  • A copy of your ACT/SAT scores
  • Documentation of your high school or college GPA
  • A 500-word essay on the theme “Lessons learned from Alpha-1”

Scholarships Available

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 Est. 2010 ($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 Est. 2010 ($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.

Terry L. Young Memorial Scholarship Est. 2015 ($2,500)plus

Terry Young was the first coordinator and general manager of AlphaNet after it was founded in 1995. He guided, fostered, and built the culture of the organization, leading it through many years of development and growth. A lung-affected Alpha who was a transplant recipient, Young battled his own health issues while simultaneously embracing the AlphaNet vision and taking responsibility for its day-to-day operations. He oversaw the transition and enrollment of thousands of Alphas into augmentation therapy programs, providing them with health management services. He insisted that each AlphaNet coordinator stay focused on doing what is best for Alphas and guiding them toward the best quality of life possible. He was an example of how one person’s efforts can make a difference in many lives.


Donating to the Scholarship Fund

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, please contact the Alpha-1 Foundation at 1-877-228-7321 ext 204.