May 24, 2012
2012 MS Society Scholarships Awarded to Families Affected by MS
DELAWARE -- The Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society today announced the recipients of the 2012 MS Scholarship Program. This Scholarship Program helps students affected by MS to pursue a college or technical school education, and is open to high school seniors with MS, and/or those who have a parent with MS.
Meet the 2012 Scholarship Recipients
Kelsey Oli (Dagsboro, DE) – Shippensburg University
Haley Bennetti (Dover, DE) – Old Dominion University*
Phillip McGuire (Wilmington, DE) – University of Delaware
Kyle Greenamoyer (Wilmington, DE) – American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services
Rhett Malone (Milton, DE) – Salisbury University
Kari Piatt (Hockessin, DE) – University of South Florida
Joseph Grabauskas (Wilmington, DE) – University of Delaware
Daniel Rowe (Wilmington, DE) – East Carolina University
Sydney Crawford (Wilmington, DE) – West Virginia University
Renewal scholarships were awarded to two of the 2011 recipients, Marisa Campagne and Nyesha Smith.
“We strongly believe that MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education,” says Delaware Chapter President Kate Cowperthwait. “For these families, and the hundreds of thousands of families with direct MS connections across the country, there are very few known sources of scholarship assistance. We are so fortunate to have generous donors like the Eolyne K. Tunnell and the Arthur J. Stapler Memorial Foundations who fund this program and help these talented students follow their dreams.”
The Society established its scholarship program nine years ago, and the program immediately became a source of great encouragement for families concerned that MS might put college out of reach. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 and typically cover one year. Applications are evaluated based 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 lives.
Information about the 2013 MS Scholarship will be available on the National MS Society website this fall. For more information, call the Delaware Chapter’s Programs Director Debra Veenema at (302) 655-5610, or e-mail Debra.Veenema@nmss.org.
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. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. 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 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In2011 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Societydevoted $164 million to programs and services that assisted more than one millionpeople. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.