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The National MS Society’s scholarship program helps highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college. Learn more.

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2016 - 2017

Jacque Larson

Jacque Larson"This scholarship has been helpful financially and has been an incredible gift that has helped support me through the last three years. But this scholarship is also meaningful to me because I know that there are people reading my family's story and supporting my mom as she navigates life with MS. "

Sara Christine O'Neill

"Receiving the scholarship had meant a great deal to me. Not just financially, my family and I already bear a brunt of costs with my medical care and medicines, but the social benefit as well. It warms my heart to know people out there care to assist people with their desire for higher education."

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Marcia Trader

"Receiving the Society's scholarship is meaningful to me because I know that I am supported in my efforts to achieve my dreams. Receiving this scholarship makes me feel that the society believes in me. It is comforting to know that there is help available for people that live with MS as part of their daily lives."

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Christina Weaver

Christina Weaver “Receiving this scholarship at the time I did was an indescribable blessing, as it was exactly what I needed to pay that last bit of tuition, as well as provide the psychological boost I needed to believe that I could handle taking on the larger course load and survive as a family without my income.”

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2015 - 2016

Charlotta Duren

“In the end, I'm not sure yet how everything will turn out, but I do know this: Someday I will be able to look a patient in the eyes and say, ‘Don't worry. We have a cure.’”

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Jessica Jones

When I was nine, I realized the severity of my mom’s disease. While driving us to a New Year's Eve party at our church, she completely lost her sight. I was terrified! The blindness was temporary, but turned into severe double vision.

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Elizabeth Rice-Reynolds

My dad has taught me the power of sacrifice, and that for the ones you love, no sacrifice is too big. He never let any struggles he faced be known to his work or family; he pushed through for us.

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Noah Richmond

“No matter how much good you do, you may get some bad in return and when you get it you can't let it change who you are and what you believe.”

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Madden Shanks

“My mom accepts her MS and doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for her; she wants to show everyone that multiple sclerosis will not stop her. Her fearless attitude has rubbed off on me and I could not be more grateful.”

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Alexandra Villagran

“[My mom] has inspired me to excel even in the face of difficulties; I have watched her refuse to let MS hold her back, even though it is by no means easy. In everything she strives to be her best and in doing so she has inspired me to do my best as well and to work hard even when it hurts.”

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