AA&MDSIF College Scholarships

Making Educational Dreams Come True


2014/2015 Recipients

Read the profiles and stories from this year's recipients.

The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation provides scholarships to support young people who, in fighting diseases like aplastic anemia, MDS, or PNH, may have had to interrupt their studies, extracurricular activities or jobs due to their health condition and treatments, and whose families find it financially difficult to afford higher education. In recognition of their effort and courage, the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation provides scholarships to undergraduate, graduate, and vocational students.

The Matthew Debono Memorial Scholarship was established in 1986 by Sally and Manuel Debono in memory of their son, Matthew, who was unable to complete his college degree.

Catherine MacLean – 2011, 2012, 2013 scholarship recipient

I do want to thank the Foundation, and the Debono family again for everything you've done to help with the scholarship. It has been such a help to me in funding my education and making the work I've done here possible. It's also been so wonderful to see that I’m not alone in having faced bone marrow failure. I’ve enjoyed learning about the other winners, and discovering what great endeavors my fellow recipients have gone on to.

In addition to having a bone marrow failure disease diagnosis, scholarship applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll, or are enrolled, in a full or part-time (minimum six credits) undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited two or four-year college, university, vocational-technical school or graduate school. Applicants must be age 35 and under.  Awards range from $1,000 -$2,000 per student.

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Support The Matthew Debono Scholarship Program

You can support the AA&MDSIF scholarship program.   Make your gift to the Matthew Debono Scholarship Fund online  or mail your check to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS international Foundation, 100 Park Ave., Suite 108, Rockville, MD 20850.   Please indicate “Scholarship Fund” on the check.

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