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 www.nationalMSsociety.org/scholarship.