Jun 17, 2013
TIMONIUM, MD- The Maryland Chapter of the National MS Society has announced Paul Burke as this year’s recipient of its annual Scholarship Program.
The program helps students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. It's 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.
"I am incredibly honored and appreciative of this gift. My mom really works hard to not let her disabilities get in the way of our family. It makes me feel good that through your kindness and generosity, I am able to help with my tuition by earning a scholarship," says Burke.
Burke will be attending the University of Virginia to study aerospace engineering.
Program Continues To Grow Across the Country
The Society established its scholarship program ten years ago, and it immediately became a source of great encouragement for families concerned that MS might put college out of reach. This year, 423 new awards and 257 renewals totaling $1,156,225 were presented 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. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 and typically cover one year, although a limited number of awards may exceed this amount.
“For the Burke family and the hundreds of thousands diagnosed with MS across the country, there are very few known sources of scholarship assistance specially targeted for these families. MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education, and we are hopeful this program will give families some relief," says Mark Roeder, Maryland Chapter president.
Information about scholarships for 2014-15 will be available on the National MS Society Web site on October 1. For more information, call 1-800-344-4867 or visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/scholarship.