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.

The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation provides Debono scholarships to support young people who, in fighting 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.

In addition to having a bone marrow failure disease 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. There will be four awards of $5,000 each.

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 Serap Akisoglu at (301) 279-7202 x122 or by email at

Note: If you created an account during the application process in a previous year, you will need to create a new account for a 2016 scholarship application.

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