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Wisconsin Scholarship Recipients Announced

August 19, 2015

(HARTLAND, WIS.) – Thirty-seven students will be attending college this fall with scholarships awarded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter. The scholarships are part of the National MS Society program to help students affected by multiple sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. It is open to individuals who have MS or have a parent with MS, and who will be attending an accredited postsecondary school for any year of undergraduate study in working toward their first undergraduate degree.

This year’s recipients include:    

Cody Bryan, Menomonie ($1,000)  

Jenna Butts, Neenah ($1,500)

Casey Clark, Shawano ($1,000)

Andrew David, Washburn ($1,000)

Molly De Mars, Ashland ($1,500)

Terra Demien, West Bend ($1,000)         

Taylor Falck, De Pere ($1,000)

Weston Floerke, Appleton ($1,500)        

Emma Frohna, Greenfield ($1,000)         

Samantha Giese, Whitehall ($1,000)       

Alexandria Groth, Oconomowoc ($1,000)

Caroline Groth, Oconomowoc ($1,000)

Katie Haas, Sobieski ($1,000)

Samantha Hulke, Appleton ($1,000)

Emilia Janisch, Verona ($2,500)

Hayden Johnston, Middleton ($1,000)

Amberlyn Kern, Adell ($1,500)

Danielle Kuhn, Weston ($1,000)

Connor Larson, Appleton ($1,000)

Mckenzie Larson, Appleton ($1,000)

Katherine Machi, West Allis ($1,000)

Elizabeth McMillan, Beloit ($1,000)

Amanda Miller, Greenfield ($1,000)

Jacob Niemuth, Whitewater ($1,000)

Colton Persha, Oconomowoc ($1,000)

Amanda Plachinski, Kewaskum ($1,000)

Chase Ploetz, Sheboygan ($1,000)

Erin Putz, Fountain City ($2,500)

Shannon Radl, Neosho ($1,500)

Elexis Rox, La Crosse ($3,000)

Ky Schmidt, Shawano ($1,000)

Timmeka Swoboda, Milwaukee ($1,000)

Emily Tabers-Kwak, Marshall ($5,000)

Becky Torrence, Milwaukee ($1,000)

Murphy Turek, Menasha ($1,000)

Lauren Zylka, Germantown ($1,000)

One recipient asked to remain anonymous.

Additionally, Meredith Gingold from Milwaukee, Joshua Roper from Waukesha and Brianna Laake from Two Rivers will receive the second-, third- and fourth-year renewals, respectively, of their $5,000 MS scholarship from the Ladish Foundation.

Recipient Elexis Rox was also recognized as a 2015 National MS Society Top Scholar, a special designation bestowed on those who have shown exceptional performance. She was one of 10 to receive the recognition nationally.

Applicants for the scholarship program must enroll in at least six credit hours per semester in course work leading to a degree, license or certificate. Students who received a scholarship this year will be eligible to reapply to renew their scholarship next year. 

The Society established its scholarship program 12 years ago. 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 lives.

In addition to its physical and emotional tolls, 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 for many families.

Information about scholarships for 2016-17 will be available beginning October 1. For more information, call 262-369-4400 (toll-free inside Wisconsin 800-242-3358) or visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/scholarship. 

 

 

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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