AA&MDSIF College Scholarships

Making Educational Dreams Come True


2015/2016 Application

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2015/2016. 

The Aplastic Anemia & 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. In 2012, the Debono family began a partnership with AA&MDSIF which has resulted in 47 scholarships, 82 since the fund’s inception in 1986.  This year, Matthew would have turned 50 years old.

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 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.

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