The National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter has announced that Ross Thorn from Rhinelander will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2012-13 school year. Thorn, a senior at Three Lakes High School, plans to major in English at UW-Stevens Point.
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, and to 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.
Thorn’s scholarship is one of 645 awarded across the country; 27 of those were in Wisconsin.
“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.”
The recipients will be honored next month at a special ceremony following the Milwaukee and Madison On the Move Luncheons focusing on the future of MS and the latest in MS-related research.
For more information, call (800) 242-3358 or visit wisms.org.