HARTFORD, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, recently awarded scholarships to 19 Connecticut students slated to attend college in the fall. Of the 19, 16 scholarships are funded by the chapter’s Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund, two scholarships, one a top scholar renewal, are funded through the Corn-Carter MS Family Scholarship Fund and another is funded through the Jo-Ann Concilio MS Memorial Fund.
Pictured at a recent Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle scholarship reception, held at the Farmington Country Club in Farmington (from left to right, top row): Mary Tran, Middletown; Greta Appleton, East Lyme; Dana Falotico, Bethel; William Petit, Jr., M.D., Cheshire; Timothy Vino, Fairfield; Lindsay Noble, Cromwell; Anthony Grzegowski, Stratford; Madeleine Gauthier,Simsbury; and Lisa Gerrol, president of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. (bottom row) Molly Weeks, Ridgefield; Christa Roth, Danbury; Grace Kellogg, Roxbury; Kelly Vukelic,Stamford. Not pictured: Christine Allard, South Windsor; Allison Curnan, Oxford; Hayley Goodrich, Brookfield; Jillian Melly, Guilford; Adam Shepherd, Waterford; Ben Troy, Shelton; and Skyla-Mae Serkey, Harwinton.
The Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund was established in 2007 by the Petit family after the tragic loss of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela Petit. The fund continues the work of the women, providing family support for the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents battling multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. The fund also provides scholarships, such as those given this year, for college freshmen who either have multiple sclerosis or have a parent living with MS. For more information about multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, assists families living with MS, visit www.ctfightsMS.org.