STATE—Applications for the 2010 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Program are now available at www.nationalMSsociety.org/scholarship.
Because MS can take a terrible toll on the family, emotionally and financially, the National MS Society offers financial relief for people affected by MS. 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.
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.”
Established in 2005, the National MS Society Scholarship Program continues to grow in terms of support and the number of awarded scholarships. In its first year of operation the program awarded 36 scholarships for a total of $68,000, in 2009 a total of $1,021,600 was awarded to 510 scholars.
Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15, 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.
The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society also runs its’ own scholarship program for those living locally who are impacted by MS. The chapter is currently accepting applications for its local scholarship program. All applications must be submitted and post marked by March 15 to the New Jersey Metro Chapter office.
Those eligible are applicants who will enroll as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits) in the fall of 2010. This program is for undergraduate study only (freshman through senior), and applicants may reapply if they have received the scholarship in the past. For more information on this program or to obtain an application form contact Patti Pasquino at the New Jersey Metro Chapter at 1-201-967-5599 extension 206.
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