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Educational Scholarships

Alpha-1 Scholarships

The Educational Scholarship program is designed to assist those in need to further their education and the opportunities available to them to support their families. This program is available to Alphas and their immediate family members. Scholarship recipients are selected by an Alpha-1 Foundation Scholarship Review Committee.

2019 Educational Scholarship applications are currently being accepted. The deadline to submit a completed application with all attachments is April 1st.

For more information or questions not answered on this page, contact Kim Caraballo at kcaraballo@alpha1.org or call (877) 228-7321, Ext. 323.

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Recipient Eligibility Criteriaplus

Scholarships are available for post high-school education to individuals with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and their immediate family members: spouses, children and grandchildren.

Applicants must be accepted for study at an approved institution [i.e., an accredited university, community college or technical institute] and must be an incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student planning to attend a community college, college, university or other post graduate program.

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

Scholarship recipients will be asked to submit a headshot photo and short biography. Recipients understand that their names will be published and announced at the Alpha-1 Foundation's discretion on the website and other publications, including Alpha-1-to-One magazine. Recipients agree to participate in a focus group and/or survey.

Scholarship Award Processplus

The call for applications is made each year in February and the educational scholarships are awarded in June. A scholarship review committee of the Alpha-1 Foundation Board of Directors reviews and selects the scholarship recipients in May. Scholarship recipients 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.

Program Schedule:

  • Applications accepted: February - March
  • Submission Deadline: April 1st
  • Application review process: May
  • Scholarships awarded: June
  • Recipients notified: mid-June

Please do not contact our office regarding your application selection status before July 15th.

2019 Applicationsplus

To apply for a 2019 Educational Scholarship, download and complete one of the applications below:

Submit your completed application by April 1st along with all required attachments one of two ways:

  • Mail to the Alpha-1 Foundation at the following address:
    RE: Educational Scholarship, Attn: Kim Caraballo
    Alpha-1 Foundation
    3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd
    Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • Email to a1fcommunications@alpha1.org with "Educational Scholarship Application ATTN Kim Caraballo" in the Subject line

Applications must be recieved by the Alpha-1 Foundation office, either by mail or e-mail, on or before April 1st to be considered. Please submit only one application as only one application is necessary to be considered for all available scholarships.

Application Requirements and Attachmentsplus

All Educational Scholarship applications must include the following to be considered for an award.

College Students:

  • Completed scholarship applicaion
  • A copy of applicant's most recent transcipts - can be a clean, clear copy or forwarded by institution, but must received before deadline
    • Most recent high school transcripts for incoming freshmen
    • Most recent college transcripts for continuing students
  • A copy of applicant's ACT/SAT scores
  • Documentation of applicant's high school or college GPA [if included on most recent transcripts, it is acceptable]
  • A 500-word essay on the theme: Lessons learned from Alpha-1

Career Change and/or Returning Adult Students:

  • Completed scholarship applicaion
  • A copy of applicant's most recent transcipts - can be a clean, clear copy or forwarded by institution, but must received before deadline
  • A copy of applicant's ACT/SAT scores [if scores are not accessible for any reason, written documentation must be sent]
  • Documentation of applicant's high school or college GPA [if included on most recent transcripts, it is acceptable]
  • A 500-word essay on the theme: Lessons learned from Alpha-1
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Scholarships Available

Please note: only one application is necessary to be considered for all available scholarships.

Peter Smith Scholarshipsplus

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.

Peter Smith Scholarship awards are between $500 and $2,000.

Robert J. Haggerty Memorial Scholarship - Est. 2010plus

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.

The Robert J. Haggerty Memorial Scholarship award is $2,500.

Unrestricted educational grants are provided by AlphaNet to fund this scholarship in perpetuity.

John W. Walsh III Memorial Scholarship - Est. 2010plus

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.

The John W. Walsh III Memorial Scholarship award is $2,500.

Unrestricted educational grants are provided by AlphaNet to fund this scholarship in perpetuity.

Terry L. Young Memorial Scholarship - Est. 2015plus

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.

The Terry L. Young Memorial Scholarship award is $2,500.

Unrestricted educational grants are provided by AlphaNet to fund this scholarship in perpetuity.

E. Lou Glenn Memorial Scholarship - Est. 2017plus

This scholarship honors the memory of Lou Glenn. Lou was a dedicated caregiver to her daughter who was diagnosed with Alpha-1. She became involved in the community, served as an Association Board member for nine years as well as served as a support group leader in the Atlanta and Dallas areas. An icon in the Alpha-1 Community, she served on various committees and always supported programs for Alphas and represented the voice of caregivers in the community.

The E. Lou Glenn Memorial Scholarship award is $2,500.

Unrestricted educational grants are provided by AlphaNet to fund this scholarship in perpetuity.

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Donating to the Educational Scholarship Fund

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

If you would like to support an educational scholarship by donating, please contact the Alpha-1 Foundation at 1-877-228-7321 ext 233.