The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society has named Ava F. Enoch, Michael J. Mosco, Rachel N. Mester, Christina D. Paolicelli and Tara M. Guarino as this year’s recipients of its annual Scholarship Program.
The program helps students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. It is open to high school seniors who live with MS or have a parent who does; or anybody living with MS who has not yet been to a post-secondary school.
In addition to the 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.
“A scholarship during my undergraduate years makes my desire for further education and discovery more of an economic feasibility,” said Paolicelli. “Above all else this award allows me to learn and discover, investigate and broaden my mind.”
“I am incredibly grateful to have received this scholarship, and I will put it towards my engineering education,” said Enoch.
“This scholarship means I can move forward in my education knowing I have a support system from not just my family but from people who never met me but believe in my success,” said Mosco.
The Society established its scholarship program eleven years ago, and it immediately became a source of great encouragement for families concerned that MS might put college out of reach. This year, over $1.1 million in awards was presented to over 700 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 typically cover one year, although a limited number of awards may exceed this amount.
“For these families and the hundreds of thousands diagnosed with MS across the country, there are very few known sources of scholarship assistance specially targeted for these families,” said Robin Einbinder, chapter president. “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 2015-16 will be available on the National MS Society Web site on October 1st. For more information, call 1-800-344-4867 or visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/scholarship.