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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Offers Alzheimer's Awareness College Scholarship Competition

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 06, 2014) - As more and more teens nationwide are experiencing Alzheimer's disease in their families or through volunteer experiences, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is again hosting its "Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness" college scholarship competition.

AFA will award one grand prize winner a $5,000 scholarship; and, for the first time, it will provide a $2,500 scholarship to the first runner-up; $1,000 to the second runner-up; and a $500 scholarship to each of seven students earning honorable mention.

This is the seventh year that AFA is holding the competition through its award-winning AFA Teens division, which educates and engages teens and encourages them to start AFA Teens chapters in their communities.

To apply, students must write a 1,200 to 1,500 word essay that gives thoughtful consideration to the impact Alzheimer's disease has on his/her life and what the teen has learned about himself, his family and/or his community through coping with the disease. The application deadline is February 15, 2014. For full details and to enter, visit www.afateens.org.

"As the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease escalates, teens are coming in touch with people with the brain disorder more than ever, whether within their own families or through community involvement," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's chief executive officer. "We are pleased to be able to provide a forum for them to express their feelings, and an opportunity to help lighten the load of their college tuition."

Currently, an estimated five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, and the incidence is expected to triple by mid-century.

Evident of the growing number of youth caregivers, last year's competition saw a record number of entries, with some 2,000 college-bound teens submitting essays detailing their experiences.

Last year's grand prize winner, Jadend Russell-Johnson, of Falmouth, Maine, painted a moving portrait of her experiences, powerfully entwining some of her happiest memories of dancing with her adoptive father with the life lessons she learned as his Alzheimer's disease progressed: acceptance, compassion, patience, humor, appreciation, respect and support.

For more information about AFA Teens and to enter the scholarship competition, visit www.afateens.org.

About AFA Teens

Founded in 2002 by a teenager, AFA Teens seeks to mobilize teenagers nationwide to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and to engage teenagers in the cause. The award-winning division is aimed at teens with family members affected by the disease or those purely interested in the cause. AFA Teens creates an online community for teens and offers them the opportunity to start or join AFA Teens chapters forming across the country. Beginning in February 2014, AFA Teens will also host a Skype support group for teens impacted by the disease. For more information about AFA Teens, call 866-232-8484, visit www.afateens.org, follow us on Twitter (@AFAteens), and "like" us on Facebook (facebook.com/afateens).

About Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free hot line staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter (@alzfdn), and "like" us on Facebook (facebook.com/AlzheimersFoundationofAmerica).

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