“It is a sad and horrible truth, that today we are quite literally outliving our minds and our bodies.”
Although deaths from other major causes, such as heart disease, have decreased significantly in recent years, official records indicate that deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease have increased 71% since the year 2000.
- In 2015, an estimated 700,000 people in the United States age 65 and older will die with Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that current medical science cannot prevent, cure or even slow down.
- Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a period of years.
- Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.
The WDB Alzheimer’s Care Scholarship Fund has been established by the friends and family of Mr. William D. Beach to provide educational funding to individuals seeking to advance Alzheimer’s research or to improve the quality of care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Mr. Beach has lead a truly incredible life, traveling the world with his wife and children. Throughout the years he has lived by a simple philosophy, “Take care of the family.” For the last 80 years he has quietly taken care of everyone around him, (often without their even realizing it).
Regretfully, like so many others, he has been afflicted with this horrible disease. Even now he struggles, fighting a losing battle to hold on to his precious memories and his dignity.
He is fortunate to have a loving wife, family, and the resources necessary to provide him with the gentle care he deserves. But for most people the costs for such care is staggering, trained care providers are few and far between, and medical remedies are virtually non existent.
This scholarship provides an excellent opportunity for college-bound, undergraduate, and graduate students to give thoughtful consideration to the impact that Alzheimer’s disease has had on their own lives and the lives of others in their family and community.
Scholarship awards are made to deserving students in the amount of $5,000 annually ($2,500 per semester or $1,250 per quarter respectively). Applicants are required to submit a brief autobiography and write a 1,200 to 1,500 word essay that answers the following questions:
- How has Alzheimer’s disease changed or impacted your life?
- What are your goals and intentions are towards the advancement of understanding, care, or relief for those suffering from Alzheimer’s?
To qualify, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must also be enrolled in a college or university or enter a four-year accredited college or university within 12 months of the application deadline.
Donate to this scholarship fund today!
Deadline for applications is May 15th.
In June The Funding Life Corporation will announce all scholarship recipients. Scholarship.Life will require all award recipients to provide their Social Security number and documentation verifying high school/GED graduation/enrollment (i.e., official transcript) with expected graduation date, as well as proof of U.S. citizenship (passport, birth certificate; driver’s license is not acceptable proof of citizenship) in order to be named such and receive the scholarship.
The Funding Life Corporation will provide the scholarship payment to the recipients upon receipt of official documentation of registration from the college/university that he or she is attending in the following fall or spring (for example, sending a letter with proof of first semester’s payment from the registrar’s office). Should the scholarship winner fail to attend college within the stated time period, the scholarship will be given to the first runner-up.
A selection committee will judge all timely submissions. Author identity will remain anonymous during the judging.
To help inspire others, scholarship winner and runners-up will agree to have his or her name and city published, they must also agree to have his or her essay published on the Scholarship.Life and Funding.Life websites and will provide an appropriate photo to be used for publicity purposes and for distribution to the media.
The Funding Life Corporation will also retain the right to publish the essay of the winner and runners-up and to allow other professional media organizations to publish selected excerpts. Non-compliance with any of these requirements will result in forfeiture of the title and award. The decision of the judges is final.