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.

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.

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.

AA&MDSIF Matthew Debono Scholarship Application

This online scholarship system will prompt you to complete online forms and submit application materials as file attachments.

You do not have to complete the application in one sitting; you may save your work and return to your application until you are ready to submit.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for scholarship information and guidelines. For further assistance, please contact Mike Breuer at (301) 279-7202 x111 or by email at

Applications and supplemental materials are due by April 1, 2014.

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