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2016 National MS Society Scholarship Recipients

April 27, 2016

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to announce the recipients of school year 2016-2017 scholarships. Over $1 million was awarded to 815 scholars.

This year’s scholars range from 56-year-old MaryJane – a woman living with MS from Chicago, Illinois who going back to school after 33 years and raising two special needs children. She is now in her third year towards earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a goal to start her own business to help advocate for other families with special needs children to make sure they are receiving the services they need to succeed. And 18-year-old Samantha from Tucson, Arizona – a high school senior living with MS who will begin her undergraduate studies at University of Arizona in the fall with a goal of becoming a pharmacist and researching ways to control MS symptoms. See a complete list of scholars.

Scholarships can be applied to tuition for any year of undergraduate enrollment at an accredited post-secondary school. 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 also provide personal statements describing the impact MS has had on their lives.

The National MS Society’s scholarship program has grown since its inception in 2003—when 36 scholarships were awarded for a total of $68,000. Support for the scholarship program comes from foundations, individual donors, our own employee giving program and other sources. Learn how you can support future scholars.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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.

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