Nineteen students from across the state awarded $1,000 scholarships to support educational goals
Chicago — June 1, 2015 -- The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society has announced 19 new recipients of $1,000 college scholarships through its annual Scholarship Program.
The program helps students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. It is open to individuals who live with MS or have a parent who does. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited post-secondary school, and they can apply for any year of their undergraduate program.
In addition to the physical and emotional toll, MS can have a substantial financial impact on a family. The direct and indirect costs of MS, including lost wages — even for those with health insurance — are estimated at more than $70,000 annually per household. This makes funding a college education that much harder.
The 2015 MS scholarship recipients include:
· Jodi Bushnell-Aleman, of Oak Forest, is a senior at Oak Forest High School and will attend Columbia College Chicago this fall.
· Karen Dulek, of Elgin, is entering her senior year at Herzing University.
· Makenzie Hayden, of Greenup, is entering her sophomore year at Eastern Illinois University.
· Milon Hutchinson, of Chicago, is a senior at the Latin School of Chicago and will attend Pomona College this fall.
· Nicolle Kaytsner, of Vernon Hills, is a senior at Vernon Hills High School and will attend Marquette University this fall.
· Victoria Kennedy, of Chicago Ridge, is entering her senior year at Loyola University.
· Abagayle King, of Park Forest, is a senior at Crete Monee High School and will attend Lake Forest College this fall.
· Christopher Machonis, of Bartlett, is a senior at Bartlett High School and will attend Milwaukee School of Engineering this fall.
· Madison Mcateer, of Roselle, is a senior at Saint Viator High School and will attend the University of Mississippi this fall.
· Andrew Pelarinos, of Schaumberg, is a senior at Schaumberg High School and will attend Bradley University this fall.
· Delaney Roegner, of Gurnee, is a senior at Warren Township High School and will attend Concordia University, Wisconsin this fall.
· Isabella Russell, of Moline, is a senior at Alleman High School and will attend St. Ambrose University this fall.
· Elsa Sanchez, of Cicero, is a senior at Chicago Bulls College Prep and will attend Cornell College this fall.
· Garrett Stephens, of Edinburg, is a senior at Edinburg High School and will attend Illinois State University this fall.
· Preston Street, of Wheeler, is a senior at Newton Community High School and will attend Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville this fall.
· Lindsey Williams, of Chicago, is a senior at Marian Catholic High School and will attend DePaul University this fall.
· Sierra Wilson, of Berwyn, is a senior at Lane Tech and will attend the University of Illinois at Chicago this fall.
This year, more than $1.2 million in awards were presented to over 800 new and renewal recipients nationwide. Applications are evaluated 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 life. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 and recipients are eligible to reapply each year to be considered for a future award. The program is competitive and awards are not guaranteed.
“For the 20,000 people in Illinois affected by MS and the hundreds of thousands diagnosed with the disease across the country, there are very few known sources of scholarship assistance specially targeted for these families,” said Holly Messick, President, Greater Illinois Chapter. “MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education, and we are hopeful this program will give families some relief.”
Information about scholarships for 2016-17 will be available on October 1. For more information, call 1-800-344-4867 or visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/scholarship.