Making Educational Dreams Come True
2015 Scholarships Awarded!
Read more and be inspired by these 14 amazing students.
The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation provides scholarships to support young people who have been diagnosed with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). The young people fighting these bone marrow failure diseases may have had to interrupt their studies, extracurricular activities, or jobs due to their health condition and treatments. The symptoms of these diseases, including extreme fatigue, take a toll emotionally and physically. Because of the high cost of healthcare, their families may find it financially difficult to afford higher education.
For many of the students receiving these scholarships, it has been a difficult road to achieve their dreams. Their academic and career pursuits are a direct reflection of their experiences as a patient. Many choose careers in the health sciences or a profession where they can give back to make life better for someone else.
The Matthew Debono Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Sally and Manuel Debono in memory of their son, Matthew, who developed aplastic anemia and was unable to complete his college degree. This year, Matthew would have turned 50 years old.
In 2012, the Debono family began a partnership with AAMDSIF which has resulted in 61 scholarships, 96 since the fund’s inception in 1986.
In addition to having a diagnosis of aplastic anemia, MDS, or PNH, 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.
Profiles and quotes:
- 2014 Matthew Debono Memorial Scholarship recipients
- 2013 Matthew Debono Memorial Scholarship recipients
- 2012 Matthew Debono Memorial Scholarship recipients
- 2011 Harry Carson Scholarship recipients