ROXBURY, Conn. – Grace W. Kellogg, Roxbury, has been named to receive the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s 2013 Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund Scholarship.
Kellogg, 17, a graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, will attend Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Penn., to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in musical theater.
Kellogg, despite facing many challenges throughout her life, has seen great success in school and as an actress. Kellogg was a member of the National Honor Society, organizing the Red Cross Blood Drive. She was also a member of the Student Council and the Student Ambassadors. Kellogg also tutored her peers in the subjects of English, history, math and science.
In addition to excelling in academics, Kellogg also tried her hand as a member of Shepaug Dramatics and managed the varsity tennis team. She also became an inaugural member of the Tri-M Music Society, serving as secretary of the society during her senior year.
At the young age of 17, Kellogg is an award-winning actress. She has been cast in leading roles in several of her high school’s plays, including “25th Annual Spelling Bee,” “The Pajama Game,” “Chicago,” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Kellogg also received the Halo Award for Best Actress for her performance as Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet.”
After the curtain closes and Kellogg walks off the stage, a sense of reality steps backing into the spotlight. At the age of 36, her mother, Susan, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since then, Kellogg has helped her mom around the house as much as she can, all while maintaining nearly perfect grades.
Even with all of the challenges that multiple sclerosis presents, Kellogg has done her best to maintain a positive outlook on life.
“Despite all these unfortunate events, I have always tried my hardest to ensure I challenged myself academically, kept my sense of humor and gave back to my community,” she shared.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Susan Kellogg, 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.
Kellogg 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.
Scholarships are made possible through the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund, which specifically supports the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s family programs. The fund was established in July 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’m glad that my mom’s story, and my story, is being honored,” said Kellogg. “I’m very thankful that the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has chosen to fund these scholarships.”
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.