There are many other ways to get involved with the MS movement. Consider some of these additional opportunities to help raise funds, create awareness, or donate your time.
Society fundraising events are a great way to get involved, make connections, and raise critical funds that will help to end multiple sclerosis forever. From Walk MS to Bike MS, Challenge Walk to MuckFest MS, Finish MS to Do It Yourself Fundraising — there is an event for you!
Thousands of corporations and local businesses join the movement each year through event sponsorship, grant support for programs and services, in-kind product donations, cause campaigns, employee volunteerism and fundraising teams, and workplace giving.
Learn More About Advocacy
Join the thousands of MS activists who are helping to turn MS issues into national priorities and calling on public officials to make changes that benefit people living with multiple sclerosis.
The Society is involved in communities across the United States. Join others making a difference in your area by volunteering your time and talents to help stop MS in our lifetime.
Golden Corral MS Scholarship Fundraising Campaign benefits the National MS Society
To help remove barriers for students impacted by MS, Golden Corral raises funds for the MS Scholarship Program. The initiative launched in 2011 has raised more than $288,000 and funded 129 scholarships.
You can help support the mission to provide college scholarships by dining at your local Golden Corral during the month of August or sending a check directly to our office designating Golden Corral in the memo line - 3101 Industrial Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609. There’s no better time to dine out and do good! Participating Golden Corral restaurants are located in Statesville, Shelby, Gastonia, Charlotte, Monroe, Mooresville, Hendersonville, and Matthews, NC as well as Spartanburg, Anderson, Greenville, Easley, Aiken, and Rock Hill, SC.
"As co-chair of my high school's annual scholarship program, I get to see hands on how a scholarship can open a door for a student in financial need,” says Woody Fox, a Golden Corral franchisee. “I read all of our applications every year and it is amazing that there are so many bright young people in our high schools who can't afford the average cost of a college education. We want to make a real difference in the lives of these families impacted by multiple sclerosis.”
“Golden Corral is making it possible to make sure that MS doesn’t stand in the way of an education,” said Kristina Fransel McGraw, Chapter President of the Greater Carolinas Chapter. “There aren’t many scholarships out there for people whose lives are touched by MS, and it is partners like Golden Corral that are making a tangible difference in their lives.”
Because of Golden Corral’s community leadership, 41 students were recipients of scholarships in 2015.
We invite your support by volunteering at a local Golden Corral during the campaign. Contact Alicia Hyatt at 704-612-2705 or Alicia.firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register by clicking here.
Scholarship Applications are available on October 1st! Check back for more information or to submit an application.
2015 List of Scholarship Recipients:
Erika Peterson, Sidney Rogers, Markie Gooch, Briana Landis, Pamela Mildon, Destany Martin, Emily Bethea, Jessica Brown, Caleb Dyer, Morgan Goldman, Desiree Dunlap, Elijah DeJonge, Margaret Steranko, Aurora King, Victoria Stapleton, Giana Avent, Heather Johnson, Logan Farley, Peyton Overbee, Stacie Poock, Shannon Hollander, Jessica Carswell, Robert Westfall, Lucien Batawi, Logan Pulley, Sarah Horrell, Corrina Parriman, Anmarie Weiss, Erica Hennes, Sarah Ferguson, Nicole Morand, Amanda O'Donnell, Jessica Cruz, Haylee Wilkie, Chloe Clements, Michael Zabriskie, Amber Worley, Joi Williams, and Cayla Edwards. Renewal scholarships: Victoria Bonagura, Colleen Buchanan, Jaime Fashimpaur, Jared Foster-Smith, Rasha Lowe, Rachel Minton, Kayla Montgomery, Jenna Olsen, Samuel Title, Megan Wolborsky, Lauren Gayle, Nathan Harmon, and Kelsey Thomas.
Top Recipient Profiles:
Briana Landis graduated number one in her class at A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, NC. She was a member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club, State Juniorettes, the indoor and outdoor track team, cross country team, and several other organizations. While Briana was diagnosed with MS at age four, she has not let her diagnosis deter her goals and aspirations. Briana will attend Meredith College in Raleigh to study pre-medicine. In the future she hopes to become a physician assistant, specializing in pediatrics to help young children like her diagnosed with MS.
Briana believes living with MS will allow her to better care for her patients in the future. She said using her experiences to help others and make a difference is one of best things she could offer to those around her. Briana is thankful for this scholarship because it will allow her to attend the college of her dreams. Aside from joining the Honors Program and Track team at Meredith College, Briana also hopes to gain a better understanding of the world through her studies.
Caleb Dyer is a graduate of Davie County High School. He was heavily involved in his community and high school. Caleb was a member of the JV basketball team, varsity football team, prom committee, Teens After God, National Honor Society, and numerous others. He served as the Class President and won several awards such as the AAA Scholar Athlete for Football and the Gardner-Webb Junior Scholar. One of Caleb’s best memories from high school included his time spent competing and making friends on the football field.
Caleb will attend Harding University in Arkansas where he will study Bible Ministry and walk-on to the football team. He hopes to either start a career as a minister or a professional football player. Caleb’s mother, who lives with MS, has served as an inspiration as well as a source of advice for him. He believes his mother’s diagnosis has taught him patience and love.
Destany Martin of Charlotte, NC is a graduate of Harding University High School. She was a member of the SAVE Club, Fashion Club, Generation Nation’s Youth Council, and the Teen Impact Fund. Destany also started the club Girls Educated and Motivated for Success (GEMS) to build empowerment among girls at her school. GEMS was a rewarding experience for Destany because it is a safe place for girls to join together and express themselves in an hour long discussion every Monday.
Destany will attend George Mason University in Fairfax, VA to study political science in the fall. Inspired by her mother’s MS diagnosis, Destany wants to make a positive difference in the world through a career in politics. She is passionate about immigration reform and hopes her education will allow her to make a change in the discrepancies that she sees with the immigration system.
Emily Bethea is currently enrolled in the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She enjoys volunteering in her community by making a difference in the lives of others. Emily was awarded mentor of the year during her time volunteering for Dutch Fork Elementary and has also served as a volunteer for Day Program Childcare. Her most memorable service project is when she taught a class for female prisoners at the local Camille Graham Prison.
While caring for her younger brother who has cerebral palsy, Emily was diagnosed with MS. She is currently studying to be a nurse so that one day she may be able to care for patients like herself and her brother. She hopes to eventually become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and use her experiences to better care for her patients. Because she wants to use her education to help save as many lives as possible, Emily would like to work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because it is often an area in the hospital with the highest death rate.
Erika Peterson of Greenville, SC is a graduate of Greer Middle College Charter High in Taylors where she graduated with a 3.94 GPA. In addition to her academic success, Erika was involved with her church as she served on the Vox Angeli Church Choir, playing piano during services and teaching Sunday School for the Hispanic Ministry. Erika cherished her time teaching for the Hispanic Ministry because it allowed her to learn about the lives of the children she taught and watch them grow.
She plans to attend the Columbia International University and major in Youth, Family and Culture. Erika, whose mother has MS, hopes to continue helping others by working with at risk youth or starting a non-profit to help human trafficking victims. She believes a college education will help her achieve this goal. Erika is thankful for this scholarship because it has given her a chance to have a college education without a tremendous amount of debt to pay off.
Jessica Brown graduated from Veritas Christian Academy in Mint Hill, NC with a 3.95 GPA. She held leadership positions in the Zoe Homeschool Youth Group, Gavel Club and Venturing Crew. Jessica was also awarded one of the “10 Best Speech Awards” during her time in the Gavel Club. During this past October, Jessica took a mission trip to Haiti where she helped build a school house and made life-changing relationships with the local people she met.
Jessica’s father, who lives with MS, has taught her to always stay true to who she is. She plans to attend Anderson University in the fall to study graphic design and photography, based on her experience working in arts and theatre. Jessica hopes to be self-employed creating digital art for advertisements after she graduates.
Markie Gooch graduated from Gaffney High School. She held several leadership positions including the lead editor of the yearbook staff and both the Student Government Junior Class Treasurer and a Senate member. She also was a member of the Drama, Spanish and National Beta clubs. After collaborating on the project for a year with other students and staff members, Markie’s most memorable leadership position was her role as the editor of the yearbook.
Markie plans to attend the University of South Carolina Upstate and major in Math and Elementary Education. Markie’s mother, who has MS, serves as an inspiration for Markie to continue her education. In the future, she hopes to earn her Master’s Degree in both Business Administration and Mathematics. Her career goal is to teach in a college or university setting.
Morgan Goldman graduated at the top of her class from Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville. Morgan’s father, who was diagnosed with MS, has been an inspiration for her to get involved with sports. Morgan held leadership positions on the volleyball team and also was a member of the soccer team throughout her high school career. She used her free time to volunteer for several causes including the Special Olympics, Greenville Literacy Association, Walk MS, and the First Presbyterian Church nursery.
Morgan will attend Clemson University in the fall and hopes to major in business. While she is interested in either a future career in business or the medical field, Morgan wants a job that will allow her to make a positive impact on others around her. Morgan is grateful for this scholarship because it will allow her to fulfill her dream of going to college and enter into a career that she loves.
Although Pamela has recently been diagnosed with MS during her junior year of high school, she has not let her diagnosis interfere with her future goals. Pamela graduated from James B. Hunt High School in Wilson, NC. She participated in several extracurricular activities such as band, dance, Booster Club, Student Government Association, and others. Additionally, Pamela gave back to the community numerous times through church fundraisers and by participating in Samaritan Purse Shoe Boxes.
Pamela will attend Wilson Community College in the fall and plans to begin a career in surgical technology after she graduates. She is thankful for this scholarship because it removes the financial stress of college and instead allows her to focus on her career aspirations.
Despite his mother’s struggle with MS, Sidney has achieved academic and athletic success. He will graduate from Asheboro High School number one in his class with a 4.00 GPA. In addition to his athletic achievements in soccer, wrestling, football, and tennis, Sidney participated in several activities to help his community. He tutored elementary and middle school students while also serving as the Senior Class Vice President of his high school.
Sidney will attend North Carolina State University to study Biomedical Engineering. After interning with a family medical practice in his area, Sidney discovered his interest in serving others through a career in the medical field. He hopes to eventually attend medical school and specialize in orthopedic surgery. One of Sidney’s career goals is to design a device to help patients who have MS and other diseases to walk again.