MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. The National MS Society’s scholarship program exists to help highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of earning a college education. Support offered is more than just financial; the Society facilitates connections between the scholars, offering peer support, volunteer and mentoring opportunities.
In 2014, the South Central Region of the National MS Society gave a total of 145 one-year scholarships to new high school graduates and returning college students. In addition, two students earned a coveted Top Scholar Award, a special 4-year merit scholarship awarded by the National office to the top 15% in the country.
Scholarships are given based on financial need, academic record, leadership and participation in school or community activities, work experience, an outside appraisal, goals and aspirations, special circumstances, and an essay regarding the impact of MS on their life. The number of awards given in each state depends on the number of applications received, and is made possible thanks to the support from generous donors.