(HARTLAND, WIS.) – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter has announced that Megan Elliott from Greendale has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship that Elliott, a senior at Greendale High School, will use at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for her studies in industrial engineering.
The Society’s annual scholarship 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 does; or anybody living with MS who has not yet been to a post-secondary school. 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 lives.
Elliott’s scholarship is one of over 700 new and renewal recipients nationwide, 21 of which were in Wisconsin.
In addition to its physical and emotional tolls, 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 for many families.
“For these families and the hundreds of thousands diagnosed with MS across the country, there are very few known sources of scholarship assistance specially targeted for those whose lives are affected by the disease,” said Wisconsin Chapter President and CEO Colleen Kalt. “MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education, and we are hopeful this program gives families some financial and emotional relief.”
Information about scholarships for 2015-16 will be available beginning October 1. For more information, call 262-369-4400 (toll-free inside Wisconsin 800-242-3358) or visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/scholarship.
MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. It is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50; approximately 80% of those diagnosed are women. More than 11,000 children, women and men in Wisconsin have been diagnosed, giving the state what is believed to be one of the higher prevalence rates in the nation.