This year, New Mexico was proud to offer 2 new scholarships to first-year college students, as well as 4 renewing scholarships to returning college scholars. Additionally, Megan Butterman from Rio Rancho revived a coveted Top Scholar Award, a special 4-year merit scholarship awarded by the National Office to the top 15% in the country. Through the scholarship program, new and renewing scholars have the opportunity to connect with other students impacted by MS, and to get connected through Society programs and volunteer opportunities.
The renewing scholarship awarded to Kathryn Sanchez from Grants, NM, has allowed her to continue her work toward a degree in biology and a degree in government at New Mexico State University. “Initially, bioethics sparked my interest from a social justice aspect. Watching my father go through the process of retiring due to disability exposed me to the flaws that still exist in the system,” she said. “The National MS Society scholarship has opened my eyes to the idea of making change. It has also exposed me to a community of people who understand MS and are facing similar things that my family is facing. It has also made certain opportunities for advocacy possible (like Everyday Health) so that I can reach out to others dealing with the implications of MS.”
Congratulations to all of our new scholarship recipients!