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Scholarship Program

MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why the National MS Society's scholarship program exists.

Diagnosed 2006


The National MS Society’s scholarship program helps highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college. The program has grown since its inception in 2003 – when 36 scholarships were awarded a total of $68,000. In 2017, $860,000 was awarded to 496 scholars.

View scholarship program information including application, details, timelines, guidelines and resources.

Support for the scholarship program comes from foundations, individual donors, our own employee giving program and other sources. Learn how you can support future scholars.

Resources for students with MS

For many young adults with MS, the prospect of a college education can seem daunting. Will I have enough energy? Will I be able to handle a full courseload? Check out these resources to give you some ideas and suggestions:

Off to college with MS (.pdf) - Learn first hand about one young woman's experience with college and tips on how to stay afloat at school.

Making college work for you (.pdf) - Accessing support services at your school to meet individual needs—emotional, mental and physical.

Your Education Rights as a Student with MS (.pdf) - Every person has a right to strive for his or her education goals despite having a disability. This brochure explains the differences in rights and responsibilities both for students and the schools they attend.

FAFSA How-To Guide (.pdf) - The first step if you want financial aid from the federal and state government or most colleges is filling out the FAFSA. Don't be intiminated; this how-to guide will tell you what you need to know.

Scholarship Program Leadership and Support

The National MS Society and this year's scholars would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their leadership and support of the scholarship program.

  • Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • Teva Neuroscience
  • Golden Corral Restaurants
  • Modestus Bauer Foundation
  • The O'Donnell Family Foundation
  • Pro Player Foundation
  • Sanofi Genzyme