Aug 24, 2012
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society awarded 646 scholarships nationwide to students in 2012. The total value of the scholarships totaled more than $1 million. Students from the Ohio Buckeye Chapter were awarded $20,000 in scholarship funds. Students who received scholarships are:
Cory Almady, of Rocky River, who graduated from Rocky River High School, was awarded $2,000. Cory is the son of Jim and Michelle Almady.
Cory will be attending Marietta College with plans to major in petroleum engineering.
Cory’s dad and his 19-year-old cousin were both diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2011.
“Finding out about two people that I am very close with, diagnosed with MS, has truly taken a toll on me emotionally,” Cory said. “Every day I wonder what my father’s and cousin’s future has in store for them. I often ask myself what I can do to help them. “
Cory and his siblings, Erica Ann and Brian, along with his mom showed their support by participating in the Walk MS event at two sites in 2012. They walked in McConnelsville and in Cleveland. And the entire family will be volunteering at the Bike MS Pedal to the Point Ride on August 4-5, 2012.
Kooper Dessecker, of Strasburg, a graduate of Strasburg Franklin High School, was recognized as a National MS Society top scholar based on academics, school activities, community activities and an essay describing the impact of MS on his life. He received a $3,000 award. Kooper is the son of Linda and Kelly (dad) Dessecker.
Kooper will be attending The Ohio State University. He will be studying civil engineering since he wants to create efficient structures such as bridges and buildings.
Kooper’s mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about 20 years ago so he fully understands the challenges of living with a chronic illness, including the financial burden the disease can have on the family. Kooper is essentially the chief support for his mother who is now in a nursing home due to multiple sclerosis. He visits her nearly every day.
“My mother’s positive attitude has encouraged me to live life to the fullest by taking responsibilities into my own hands and working hard to achieve any goal,” Kooper said.
Courtney Henderson, of Galloway, who graduated from Westland High School, received a $1,000 scholarship. Courtney is the daughter of Dawn and Mark Henderson.
Courtney is attending Fisk University in Nashville, TN since she wants to major in Spanish and minor in political science. Her goal is to study pre-law.
Courtney’s mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006.
“While having a parent with MS may seem unfortunate to other children, it has made me a stronger, more compassionate person,” Courtney said. “I admire the strength my mom displays on a daily basis. It inspires me to be better and face adversities without complaint.”
Danielle Keating, of Strongsville, graduated from Strongsville High School. She received a scholarship for $3,000. Danielle is the daughter of Victoria and Mark Keating.
Danielle is attending Otterbein College and will be majoring in equine pre-veterinary studies.
Danielle’s mom has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years so she has grown up knowing the hardships of the disease.
“To some, MS may have had a negative impact on their lives,” Danielle said. “But through my mother, it has taught me perseverance and determination. She has kept a positive attitude about her MS and it has spilled over to me.”
Danielle is excited to show her support for her mom by participating in the 2012 Bike MS Pedal to the Point Ride on August 4-5. She is planning to ride for the first time and to create a team of friends to join her.
Leah Roscoe, of Vienna, graduated from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Warren and received $2,000 in scholarship funds. Leah is the daughter of Carol and Alan Roscoe.
Leah is attending Gannon University in Erie, PA with plans to major in early childhood education/special education.
Leah’s mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 15 years ago.
Leah has been the captain of her “Multiple Spirits” Walk MS team for the past four years. In 2012, her group participated at the Mahoning Valley Walk MS site at the Scrappers Stadium.
“Walk MS gathers my family and friends to support my mom and all those affected by MS,” Leah said. “Each year, we stand as the MS community and make a powerful mark in the movement against MS.”
Alexandria Schell, of Hilliard, who graduated from Hilliard Bradley High School, was given a $3,000 scholarship. Alexandria is the daughter of Nancy and Garre Schell.
Alexandria is attending Ohio University with plans to major in journalism since she would like to work as a television reporter.
Alexandria’s mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago.
“I have taken this life-changing event as a learning experience to help me prepare for life,” Alexandria said. “I have learned to be patient, how to multi-task and to respect all people with disabilities.”
Cody Sivillo, of Eastlake, a graduate of Willoughby Eastlake North High School, got a $2,000 award. Cody is the son of Jeannie and Richard Sivillo, Jr.
Cody will be attending Kent State University where he plans to major in nursing.
Cody was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2011 when he was 18 years old. It wasn’t easy to learn that he had a chronic, unpredictable disease at such a young age but Cody is keeping a positive attitude.
“When I was diagnosed it was a shock but I am determined not to let my disease define who I am,” Cody said. “I am excited about starting college and living a full life. I am hopeful that they will find a cure for MS one day.”
Emily Trautmann, of Lakewood, who graduated from Lakewood High School, was awarded $1,000. Emily is the daughter of Bruce and Anna Trautmann (step mom) and Christine Robas (mom).
Emily is attending Kent State University with plans to major in art education since she wants to become a high school art teacher.
Emily’s mom has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis since 2000.
“My mother showed me that determination and perseverance are the only things that get you far in life, “Emily said. “She has really served as an inspiration to me.”
Leah Wilson, of Magnolia, who graduated from McKinley High School in Canton, was recognized as a National MS Society top scholar based on academics, school activities, community activities and an essay describing the impact of multiple sclerosis on her life. She received a scholarship for $3,000. Leah is the daughter of Mary Ann Wilson.
Leah is attending Kent State University with plans to major in nursing since she would like to work toward her goal of becoming a midwife and owning a birthing center.
Leah’s mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 12 years ago. Living with a mom with multiple sclerosis has taught her to be independent and to strive to help others. She supports her mom by visiting her at the McKinley Health Care Center.
“Growing up, my mom was my best friend,” Leah said. “When she got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was six years old, both of our lives changed forever. The impact on my life has been huge but it has made me who I am today.”
The Society established the Scholarship Program in 2003 for people living with MS or their children who were pursuing a college or technical school education. For more information about multiple sclerosis or the National MS Society Scholarship Program click here or call 1-800 FIGHT MS (344-4867).