We hear all too often that the economic consequences of MS delay or prevent qualified students from attending college. The National MS Society strongly believes that MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why the scholarship program exists ― to help highly qualified students achieve their academic potential. The Scholarship Volunteer Leadership Team is a group of self-directed volunteers who develop and manage a plan to expand the scholarship offerings made by the Chapter to first-time college students living with MS or the children whose parents live with MS.
Overview of the Scholarship Program
Growing up with a parent affected by MS can pose many obstacles. When children and teenagers should be working on homework or participating in extracurricular activities, they are left taking care of the household and planning their parent's care. Often, family budgets are pushed to the limit, making saving for college difficult or impossible. For those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, there are very few known sources of scholarship assistance specially targeted for these families. The Society's scholarship program exists to help people with MS and their children pursue full-time, postsecondary education at college or technical school.
Through this program, the Society recognizes students who have risen above the challenges of living with MS and have used the strength they gained to meet and exceed academic, social, community, and family expectations. By also supporting adults living with MS who have not previously pursued a college degree, the Society emphasizes the importance of access to education and provides support in making this dream a reality.
The application for the 2014 program begins on October 1, 2013 and ends mid January. To apply, click the link on Scholarship Application. For 2013 recipients, checks made out to the college will be sent to your home on August 15 and December 16. Many colleges will accept the notification letter until payment is received.