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June 19, 2012

One of 14 students receiving 2012 MS Scholarships

STAMFORD, Conn. – Alexandra Glenges, Stamford, has been named to receive the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s, Jo-Ann Concilio MS Memorial Scholarship.

Glenges, 17, who graduated from Westhill High School in Stamford, will attend University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., in the fall. She plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Glenges, who is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class, has received numerous academic awards, including the CAPT Testing Scholar Award and the Junior Book Award. She was also the winner of the Hellenic History Tournament, in the middle and modern Greek history competition. Glenges is a member of the National Honors Society and the ACT Star Club. She is an AP Scholar with honor.

alexandraGlenges was president of the Greek Orthodox Youth Association and during her tenure, served as vice president, treasurer and secretary of her high school newspaper, The Westword. She was also involved in the America Hellenic Education Progressive Association and played both field hockey and volleyball.

Additionally, Glenges participated in Person to Person, an emergency food and clothing assistance program and helped with St. Luke’s Lifeworks, which provides services to the homeless. She is involved with the Emaus Harlem House, which serves the less fortunate in Harlem and Manhattan.

In addition to these extracurricular activities, Glenges also worked in her parents’ flower shop throughout all four years of high school. Glenges is also involved in the fight against multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease her father, Dean, battles.

“As a result of the effects of my father’s MS I took on more responsibility than perhaps other kids my age,” said Glenges, who tries to relieve her mother of some of the burdens associated with running a family-owned business. “Living with a parent who has multiple sclerosis has taught me a lot about communication and emotion; it has created a desire for me to pursue careers in journalism and psychology and develop those skills further.”

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Dean Glenges, live with MS, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness and tingling in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.

Alexandra Glenges was recognized by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, at its annual Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Scholarship Reception, which was held at the Country Club of Farmington, Thursday, June 7. She is one of 14 high school graduates receiving a scholarship from the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund, the Jo-Ann Concilio MS Memorial Fund or the Corn-Carter Family Fund.

Scholarship applications for the 2013 school year will be available online in October. For more information on MS or for additional information on 2013 MS scholarship criteria, please contact the Connecticut Chapter at 860-913-2550 or


Abby Blundon is a senior at Quinnipiac University where she is studying advertising. Blundon, who will graduate in Dec. 2012, is currently conducting an internship with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.

About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

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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