Educational Scholarships

The Alpha-1 Association has been awarding educational scholarships to Alphas, their spouses, and their children for almost two decades. Many Alphas when diagnosed must change careers or go on disability. This scholarship program is designed to assist those in need to further their education and the opportunities available to them to support their families. In addition it is available to children and spouses of Alphas.


2014 Scholarships 


2014 Educational Scholarship Applications will be accepted beginning in January. Please download the information and procedures regarding the scholarships and applications. Download one of the applications below to start the application process.



Eligibility Criteria

These scholarships are open to Alphas or children of Alphas who have been accepted for study at an approved institution, i.e., an accredited university, community college or technical institute. Funds may be used for:


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



Applications must be recieved by March 17, 2014 to be considered. The review committee will announce scholarship winners on May 23, 2014.



Please submit only one application. Only one application is necessary to be considered for all available scholarships. All applications should be submitted by mail or fax to the Alpha-1 Association. 


Mail to:

ATTN Alexis Artiles

Alpha-1 Association

2937 SW 27 Ave, Suite 106

Miami, FL 33133

Fax to:


Please include a cover sheet with:

1. ATTN Alexis Artiles

2. Total # of pages faxed








A scholarship review committee of the Alpha-1 Association 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, please contact Alexis Artiles at 800-521-3025 ext 310 or


Scholarships in Perpetuity 

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

Peter Smith believed that knowledge is power. He demonstrated this by writing, editing and publishing Alpha-1 News from 1989 until 1992. By October of that year, he had spread 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 the tradition of inspiring and assisting by helping those with Alpha-1 and their families learn and achieve. Unrestricted educational grants have been provided by. CSL Behring, Grifols and the Trimble Family for 2012 scholarships.


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

Bob Haggerty was the face and voice of the Alpha-1 Association for almost a decade. He served as Treasurer for many years as well as Master of Ceremonies at the National Conference. He guided the Association with a calm, steady presence, always had a smile to share, and genuinely cared about and for other Alphas. Bob's sense of humor was a testament to his Irish heritage. He made people laugh and through laughter their problems were diminished, even if just for an evening or moment in time. Unrestricted educational grants are provided by AlphaNet to fund this scholarship in perpetuity. In 2012, Alpha-1 Kids will provide an additional $2,500 in funding.

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

John W. Walsh, III was the father of John 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 extremely 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, Walsh 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 & Establishing a Scholarship 


The number of scholarships awarded is reliant on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. If you would like to support a scholarship recipient by donating or establishing a named scholarship, please contact Marlene Erven at 1-800-521-3025 ext 307 or email at