Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society announces scholarship winners | News
Montgomery, AL-May 6, 2013- The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National MS Society has announced this year’s recipients of its annual Scholarship Program. Two students living in Montgomery County along with 21 others will receive scholarships from the Chapter to help support their educational goals.
Sheondra Dotson of Sidney Lanier High School Brandon Kicker of Hooper Academy 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 is diagnosed with MS.
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.
Program Continues To Grow Across the Country The Society established its scholarship program ten years ago, and it immediately became a source of great encouragement for families concerned that MS might put college out of reach. 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 their 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 Jan Bell, 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 2014-15 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<http://www.nationalmssociety.org/scholarship>.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts 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 moving us closer to a world free of MS. Every hour, someone is newly diagnosed with MS. Most people 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 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide. It is the #1 disabling neurological disease in young to middle-aged adults.
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 $721 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 health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org<http://www.nationalmssociety.org/> or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).
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Information Source: National MS Society