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National MS Society Scholarship Program


MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why 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 going to college.

About the Scholarship Program

In 2013 the Northern California Chapter scholarship program awarded five deserving students with scholarships. The scholarship awards ranged between $1,000 and $3,000. Recipients were selected based on academic performance, financial need, volunteer and extracurricular activities, as well as the highly weighted essays they wrote about the impact MS has had on their lives.

Nationwide there were 1,055 scholarship applications.

Application Opens in Fall 2014

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Meet our 2013 Scholars

Will Connally-Stewart

Will Connally-Stewart of Occidental, CA, is a senior at El Molino High School. He plans to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz and study biology.

"I'd like to have a positive impact on the world around me and feel that the best opportunities to do that are in the sciences. One of my goals is to become a successful environmentalist and advocate for better policies on a national level."

Alison Petsod Hixson

Alison Petsod Hixson of Sebastopol, CA, is a senior at Analy High School. She plans to attend Northwestern University and study film.

"I am passionate about movies and plan to pursue a degree in film studies and a career in the film industry. I believe majoring in film studies, as well as doing internships while in college, will provide me a solid foundation to pursue my dream of a career in the film industry."

Mariellen Hofland

Mariellen Hofland of Dixon, CA, is a senior at Dixon High School. She plans to attend Calvin College and study pre-med.

"My ultimate goal is to study neurology. I want to then be able to use that knowledge to either become a neurologist or to do research in the neurological field specifically related to neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis."

Zachary Martinucci

Zachary Martinucci of Burlingame, CA, is a senior at Burlingame High School. He plans to attend the University of Southern California and study business.

"I have always loved to tell stories and learn about and share remarkable things. I'd like to get a business degree with a focus in marketing so I could tell stories from a business perspective. I would also like to study cultural anthropology to gain insights into human cultures- what we value, how we act, and how we make decisions."

Zoe Poyner

Zoe Poyner of Tiburon, CA, is a high school senior at Redwood High School. She plans to attend USC and study international development.

"My history compels me to give back to children who live in developing countries and in poor conditions. I hope to give literacy and power to women and children around the world. I aspire to work for organizations like UNICEF, Invisible Children, and The Human Rights Watch."


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