Applications for 2009 MS scholarships now available online : Delaware Applications for the 2009 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Program are now available at http://www.nationalMSsociety.org. Students who may qualify include high school seniors, high school graduates, or GED-earners of any age who either have MS or have a parent who has MS and who want to enroll for the first time in a college or a vocational-technical school.
Established in 2003, the National MS Society Scholarship Program continues to grow in terms of support and the number of awarded scholarships. Whereas 36 scholarships totaling $68,000 were given out that first year, 518 deserving scholars received awards totaling $1.14 million in 2008.
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According to instructions on the Web site, the applications will be accepted between October 15, 2008, and the deadline on January 15, 2009, at Scholarship America, a national nonprofit educational support and student aid service organization that receives and evaluates all of the applications. Scholarship America then sends the top candidates’ applications to the National MS Society for final review and final award decisions. Scholarship America also sends out notice of scholarship awards in May, handles the distribution of award checks, and monitors student enrollment.
About the Delaware Chapter’s program
The Delaware Chapter’s program also continues to grow with the generous support of the Eolyne K. Tunnell Scholarship and the Arthur J. Stapler Memorial Foundations. Combined, the donations from the Tunnell and Stapler families create a pool of money that specifically supports the higher education of Delaware students whose home life has been affected by MS. In 2008, six students received more than $11,000 for their freshman year of higher education. They were Josh T. Billy, Glasgow High School; Michael H. Custer, Dover High School; Torey L. Hewett, Caesar Rodney High School; Anthony J. McGuire, St. Mark’s High School; Alex R. Hahn, Caesar Rodney High School; and Jacob A. Markiewitz, The Charter School of Wilmington.
“In the First State,” says Kate Cowperthwait, the chapter president, “more than 1,500 Delawareans have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and many of these individuals struggle daily to meet their families’ needs. Sometimes, the children have to grow up fast. As the children of people with MS, these kids know firsthand about the havoc this disease can wreak on a family. Each understands what it means to work hard towards a goal, and each deserves as much support as we can muster.
“For the Delaware Chapter’s scholars,” adds Cowperthwait, “we are grateful for financial support from the Eolyne K. Tunnell Scholarship and the Arthur J. Stapler Memorial Foundations. Quite simply, we could not do this work without these donations.”
About multiple sclerosis
Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS. Most are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50—during life’s most productive years—and more than twice as many women are diagnosed as men. MS affects more than 400,000 Americans.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body. Symptoms range from tingling and numbness in the limbs to blindness and paralysis. In other words, MS stops people from moving.
Although the progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS cannot be predicted, advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve the quality of life for many people with MS.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a collective of passionate individuals who are
• moving together to create a world free of MS.
• moving research forward by relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatment, and a cure.
• moving to reach out and respond to individuals, families, and communities living with MS.
• moving politicians and legislation to champion the needs of people with MS through activism, advocacy, and influence.
• moving to raise $1.25 billion by 2010 to help create a world free of MS.
• moving to mobilize the millions of people who want to do something about MS now.
To this end, the National MS Society funds more MS research, provides more services to people with MS, offers more professional education, and furthers more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Through a 50-state network of chapters—including the Delaware Chapter—the Society addresses the challenges of living with the disease. To learn more, call (302) 655-5610, or visit http://www.MSdelaware.org.