BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Hayley J. Goodrich, Brookfield, has been named to receive the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s 2013 Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund Scholarship.
Goodrich, 17, a graduate of Brookfield High School, will attend Hamilton College, in Clinton, N.Y., to pursue a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology.
Goodrich has set the bar high when it comes to her future career. She hopes to become a developmental psychologist, and research how parents and schools can create the best environment in which children can thrive. Hayley hopes this career path will give her the opportunity to learn about the developing brain and supply her with the capabilities to help children who have been affected by trauma or psychological illness.
Goodrich’s high school career is equally admirable. Goodrich was president of the National Honor Society at Brookfield High School her senior year. She was also asked to be a member of a small group that facilitated the senior project for the class of 2013 at Brookfield High School. Goodrich also volunteered as a tutor in the Brookfield High School Writing Center.
Goodrich’s other commendable activities include being a Girl Scout for 13 years, leading Daisy Girl Scout Troops, running a science program for youth for nine weeks and receiving the Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards.
Goodrich has also been involved with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. In 2012, Goodrich and her parents participated in Walk MS in Danbury. Her mother, Lisa Miles, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when her daughter was in the 8th grade.
Lisa Miles’s symptoms of multiple sclerosis are currently in remission. However, the disease remains at the forefront of their minds.
“Every time we open the butter compartment in the refrigerator, my mom’s hypodermic needles fall out,” shared Goodrich, whose mother must take daily injections of medication to slow the progression of her disease.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Lisa Miles, have multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. Multiple sclerosis generally affects women more than men and is most often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms can include numbness and tingling in the limbs, difficulties with speech and vision and, in some severe cases, complete paralysis. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis.
Goodrich was recognized by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, at its annual Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Scholarship Reception, which was held at the Country Club of Farmington, Thursday, June 6. She is one of 16 high school graduates receiving a 2013 scholarship from the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Petit family scholarships are made possible through the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s MS Memorial Fund, which specifically supports the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s family programs. The fund was established in July of 2007 by the family to honor the memory of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, who had MS, and her daughters Hayley and Michaela, who were active with the chapter helping raise funds to support scientific research for a cure.
“I am so thankful for this scholarship,” shared Goodrich in response to her new scholarship. “Every little thing counts and I know that this scholarship will help with so much.”
Scholarship applications for the 2014 school year will be available online in October. For more information on MS or for additional information on 2014 MS scholarship criteria, please contact the Connecticut Chapter at 860.913.2550 or visit www.ctfightsMS.org.