Stratford, Conn. — Anthony Grzegowski, of Stratford, has received the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s 2013 Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund Scholarship.
Grzegowski, 17, a graduate of Bunnell High School, will attend Wentworth Institute of Technology, in Boston, Mass., to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management.
Grzegowski has been greatly involved in his community. At school, Grzegowski has been a member of the varsity football and lacrosse teams. He also served as manager of the varsity girls’ soccer team.
Volunteering and helping people is part of Grzegowski’s personality. For him, it begins at home. His father, Leonard, has multiple sclerosis, which makes doing everyday tasks difficult for Leonard.
Grzegowski has also been a part of the Link Crew and a volunteer for the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. Through the Link Crew, Grzegowski mentors new students who are entering Bunnell High School. As a Unified Sports volunteer, he runs the score clocks at the basketball games. Grzegowski has also been involved with collecting toys for the yearly Toys for Tots campaign and volunteers with the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Leonard Grzegowski, 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.
Grzegowski 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. He 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.
“Having others get involved with my education through this scholarship means a great deal to me,” shared Grzegowski. “It makes me even more driven to do well.”
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.