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The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients

July 16, 2014

5 students awarded scholarships to support educational goals

Philadelphia, PA - The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National MS Society has announced this year’s recipients of its annual Scholarship Program:

  • Derek Hueske of Leesport, PA
  • Alexander Payne of West Chester, PA
  • Bryan Rodriguez of Philadelphia, PA
  • Zoe Shute of Deptford, NJ
  • Sean Taylor of Cherry Hill, NJ

The Scholarship 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.

The scholarships awarded will help students pursue their educational goals:  Derek Hueske will study Computer Science at Columbia University, Alexander Payne will study Biology at North Carolina State, Bryan Rodriguez will study International Relations/Pre-Law at the University of Pennsylvania, Zoe Shute will study Marketing and English at Fordham University, and Sean Taylor will study Accounting at the College of New Jersey.

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.

“For these local families and the hundreds of thousands diagnosed with MS across the country, there are very few known sources of specially targeted scholarship assistance,” said Tami Caesar, president of the Greater Delaware Valley 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 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.  

 

About the National MS Society

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. Since its founding in 1946, the Society has allocated more than $771 million to MS research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS NOW. Join the Movement®.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your healthcare professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).

Join the Movement is a registered trademark of the National MS Society.

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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