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2015 Scholarship Recipients

National MS Society Scholarships totaling $32,000 were awarded to 25 students in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Among the recipients was one of only ten Top Scholars awarded in the country, and the only one in New England.  MS Scholarships are presented annually to select students across the country who are pursuing a college or technical school education, and who have a parent with MS or who themselves have MS.  MS Scholarships are funded through individual and corporate donations, and by fundraising events such as Walk MS, Bike MS, and the MS Challenge Walk.  MS can take a terrible toll on a family, emotionally and financially.  The economic impact is substantial.  Direct and indirect costs of MS, including lost wages (even for those with insurance coverage), are estimated at more than $70,000 annually per household.  These challenges make funding a college education that much harder.

The National MS Society established its scholarship program in 2003, and it immediately became a source of great encouragement for families concerned that MS might put college out of reach.  This year, 834 new and renewal awards totaling more than $1.2 million were presented nationwide.  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 life.  Most scholarships cover one year and are non-renewable.  Scholarships are awarded to students across the country and range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Information about scholarships for the 2016-17 school year will be available on the National MS Society Website on October 1, 2015.  For applications or more information, call 1-800-344-4867 or visit

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Madeline Besso

Jericho, VT

Cassandra Besso

Jericho, VT

Darcie Brown

Darcie Brown

Gorham, ME

Ian Canty

Westfield, MA

Kaitlin Carnahan

Lincoln, RI

Caleb Chesley

Caleb Chesley

Holden, ME

Alexia Dedeus

Upton, MA

Michelle Donnelly Shain

Marshfield, MA

Victoria Esselman

Medford, MA

Mary Furlong

Old Orchard Beach, ME

Sean Gibney

Attleboro, MA

Crystal Hancock

North Haverhill, NH

Drew Harris

Portland, ME

Emily Holt

Sanbornton, NH

Gabriella Latini

Westbrook, ME

Yalexis Lopez

Lynn, MA

Hannah Merseal

South Reading, VT

Tiffany Morris

Dracut, MA

Erika Alexis Scheer-Mayer

Brookline, MA

Samantha Theriault

West Ossipee, NH

Charles Uchendu

Newton, MA

Rebecca Walker

Londonderry, NH

Matthew-James Yirrell

Wakefield, MA

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