Clark Student Awarded Scholarship

CLARK—The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Melissa Ann Waters of Clark during its annual scholarship awards ceremony last month.

Waters was one of 62 area students who received scholarships totaling $64,000 from the chapter this year. She will attend York College in the fall and plans to majoring in elementary and special education.

The economic impact of MS is substantial. Direct and indirect costs of MS, including lost wages, (even for those with insurance coverage) are estimated at more than $69,000 annually, with a total lifetime cost per family of $3 million. These challenges make funding a college education that much harder.

“We know so many families struggling to cope with the financial impact of MS,” says Michael Elkow, president of New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society. “This is why we are fighting this often hidden effect of multiple sclerosis – because MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education.”

For more information about the New Jersey Metro Chapter’s Scholarship Program, contact Patti Pasquino at 201-967-5599 extension 206 or For information about multiple sclerosis or programs and services for all those affected by the disease, call 1-800-344-4867 or visit

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