Educational Scholarships

Educational scholarships have been awarded to Alphas, their spouses, and their children for almost two decades. This scholarship program is available to available to children and spouses of Alphas, as well as to assist those Alphas in need to further their education and the opportunities available to them to support their families. The scholarships are available for post high-school education to individuals with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, their spouses, and their children.


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


Application Attachments

  1. A copy of high school transcript if student is going to be beginning college for the first time, or a copy of most recent transcript if student is a continuing student
  2. A copy of ACT/SAT scores
  3. Documentation of high school or college GPA
  4. A 500-word essay on the theme: "Lessons learned from Alpha-1"



Applications must be submitted by March 23, 2015 to be considered. Please submit only one application. Only one application is necessary to be considered for all available scholarships. The review committee will announce scholarship winners by letter at the beginning of June. For more information, contact Alexis Artiles at 877-228-7321 ext 331 or


Click one of the links below to download the application:

For traditional college students

For returning adult students and career changers


A scholarship review committee of the Alpha-1 Foundation Board of Directors reviews and selects candidates for these scholarships. For more information or questions, please contact Alexis Artiles at 877-228-7321 ext 331 or


Scholarships Available

The following scholarships will be awarded based on eligibility:

Robert J. Haggerty Memorial Scholarship 1 - $2,500

John W. Walsh III Memorial Scholarship 1 - $2,500

Peter Smith Scholarships Several ranging from $500 - $2,000 each


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.


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.

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