ALAINA K. HAHN SCHOLARSHIP
In February 2015, the Alagille Syndrome Alliance (ALGSA) established the Alaina Kaitlyn Hahn Celebratory Scholarship in honor of the daughter of ALGSA Founder and Executive Director, Cindy Luxhoj. Alaina was born with Alagille Syndrome (ALGS) on September 30, 1990, and died from this debilitating disease on January 15, 2015, when she was only 24 years old. The Alaina Kaitlyn Hahn Celebratory Scholarship funds the education of high school graduates or GED credential recipients with ALGS who are entering or enrolled in an accredited US university, college or vocational school and choose to pursue higher education in the human biological, medical, or health sciences. The Scholarship is for $500 for a single year and is renewable for one year, subject to open competition with other applicants, for a total possible award of $1,000.
Alaina cared deeply about other children and adults who battle ALGS. She talked, texted and emailed her many ALGS friends daily and was constantly sharing advice and experiences with parents and patients through social media. She lived and breathed this disease, but never let it limit or define her. A graduate in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon, Alaina was pursuing certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics with plans to obtain a Masters in O&P from the University of Washington when she died. This scholarship honors Alaina’s legacy. Our goal is to make the Alaina Kaitlyn Hahn Celebratory Scholarship self-sustaining so any young person with ALGS who desires to follow a career in human biological, medical, or health sciences will receive a crucial financial boost in the pursuit of their educational dreams.
Applications for the Alaina Kaitlyn Hahn Celebratory Scholarship open on January 15 and the application deadline is March 31. Awards are announced after May 1. Application materials will be available here on January 1 for the academic year starting with Fall Term of each year.
CURRENT YEAR AWARDEES
To be announced after May 1, 2018.
2017: Emily Beverly
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
“My name is Emily Beverly, a first year student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. I am majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in hopes of going to Medical School. My goal is to become a doctor with a focus on research and the development of clinical trials. I have wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember. Some of my interest in medicine comes from growing up with Alagille Syndrome and wanting to understand genetic illnesses. The other part of my interest comes from Grey’s Anatomy, hearing about rare cases and seeing how doctors learn to diagnose and solve problems. Medicine is my chosen path to helping as many people as I can. I understand what patients and families face in hospitals and I want to improve their chances and experiences with disease. I always tell myself there are solutions to any problem and it is my opportunity to find them.”