The Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society has announced this year’s recipients of its annual Scholarship Program: Madison Warden, Baylee West, Blake Ballard, Presley McCoy and Shane Johnson.
The program helps students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. It is open to high school seniors who live with MS or have a parent who does; or anybody living with MS who has not yet been to a post-secondary school.
In addition to the emotional toll, MS can have a substantial financial impact on a family. The direct and indirect costs of MS, including lost wages — even for those with health insurance — are estimated at more than $70,000 annually per household. This makes funding a college education that much harder.
The Society established its scholarship program eleven years ago, and it immediately became a source of great encouragement for families concerned that MS might put college out of reach. This year, over $1.1 million in awards was presented to over 700 new and renewal recipients nationwide. Applications are evaluated on financial need, academic record, leadership and volunteer activities, a statement of educational and career goals, and letters of recommendation. Applicants are also asked to provide a personal statement describing the impact MS has had on their life.
Join us in congratulating these scholarship recipients, we wish them the best in their college career!
Blake Ballard Baylee West
Maddie Warden Presley McCoy