Wisconsin Scholarship Recipients Announced
May 29, 2013
(HARTLAND, WIS.) – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter has announced this year’s scholarship recipients.
Joshua Roper, Waukesha ($5,000)
Elexis Rox, Tomah ($3,000)
Sarah Winkler, St. Cloud ($3,000)
Jacob Cooper, Racine ($3,000)
Jennifer Posthuma, Fox Lake ($2,000)
Brittney Bekkers, Denmark ($2,000)
Melissa Stel, Markesan ($2,000)
Mykayla Beighley, Pigeon Falls ($2,000)
Paige Schreiber, Muskego ($2,000)
Zachary Rastall, Marinette ($2,000)
Josephine Scott, Glendale ($2,000)
Jessica-O’Lea Gayle, Milwaukee ($2,000)
Marissa Hamby, Janesville ($2,000)
Ryan Schmitz, Lodi ($2,000)
Ronald Vargo, Hartland ($2,000)
Rachel Holzhaeuser, Plymouth ($1,500)
Emily Anderson, Fall Creek ($1,500)
Savannah Neu, West Bend ($1,500)
Madeleine Priebe, Neenah ($1,500)
Anthony Wolf, Neenah ($500)
Jessica Corbett, West Bend ($500)
Additionally, Brianna Laake from Two Rivers will receive the second-year renewal of her $5,000 MS scholarship from the Ladish Foundation, which was initially awarded in 2012.
The National MS Society Scholarship 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, and to high school (or GED) graduates of any age who have MS or a parent with MS and are attending an accredited post-secondary school for the first time.
In addition to its physical and emotional tolls, 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 for many families.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.