The National Multiple Sclerosis Society College Scholarship Program is Now Open!
Enrollment for the 2012 Scholarship Program is open between October 1, 2011 and January 13, 2012.
Who is eligible?
- High school seniors who have a parent with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who will be attending an accredited post secondary school for the first time.
- High school seniors who have MS and will be attending an accredited post secondary school for the first time.
- High School (or GED) graduates of any age who have MS and who will be attending an accredited post secondary school for the first time.
- High School (or GED) graduates of any age who have a parent with MS and who will be attending an accredited post secondary school for the first time.
- Applicants must be United States citizens or legal residents living in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or any other U.S. territory and plan to enroll in an undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school located in the U.S., PR, VI, Guam or any other U.S. territory.
- Applicants must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester in course work leading to a degree, license, or certificate.
The application will be available on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website from October 1st, 2011 to January 13, 2012. Applications are accepted online only. Complete instructions are available on the site along with an FAQ and additional details. Your application must be submitted online by January 13, 2012, and your supporting documents mailed and postmarked by January 13, 2012 to the Iowa City, IA address listed on the application instructions. Unfortunately, late applications will not be accepted. Please plan to get your application in early to avoid unexpected delays. There will be no exceptions.
An individual may apply for the scholarship as long as he/she meets the eligibility criteria. If you applied previously for the scholarship and didn’t receive an award and subsequently attended post secondary school, then you would not be eligible. If you received a National MS Society scholarship, you are not eligible to apply again.
The minimum scholarship award is $1,000 with a maximum award of $3,000, although a limited number of awards may exceed this amount. The awards each year will depend on available funding. In 2011, over $1 million was awarded to 639 scholars.
All applicants must meet the basic eligibility criteria, fully complete the online application, and meet the application deadline by January 13, 2012. Scholarship finalists will be selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need, academic record, leadership and participation in school or community activities, work experience, an outside appraisal, goals and aspirations, special circumstances, and an essay (written by the applicant) regarding the impact of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) on their life. Decisions are not affected by a person’s race, color, creed, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation.
The National MS Society convenes a special panel that consists of people with MS, chapter and home office volunteers and staff, and national board members. This panel reviews applications and makes final scholarship decisions.
We understand that full-time study is not possible for everyone due to health concerns or family care responsibilities. You must be enrolled for at least six credit hours per academic term to be eligible as a part-time student. The scholarship is intended for students who are pursuing a degree, license, or certificate and is not for those who want to take an occasional personal enrichment class.
When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation acknowledging receipt of your application. You will be notified by late-April if you have been selected to receive a scholarship. Communication with applicants is done both by paper mail and by email. If you have listed an email address on your application, please be sure to check your email regularly. If your email address changes, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don’t meet the criteria for the National MS Society Scholarship program, there are other resources available:
The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in America.
Free application for federal student aid
Federal Student Aid Information Center
This is a toll-free number.
http://www.lookingglass.org/services/national-services/scholarships - Scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities.
http://www.disability.gov/education/financial_aid_&_scholarships - Connecting the disability community with scholarship opportunities.
http://www.disaboom.com - Search tool for disability-related scholarships.
http://www.aahd.us - American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for people with disabilities. (November 15, 2011 application deadline.)
http://www.heath.gwu.edu - George Washington Heath Resource Center. Online clearinghouse and postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.
http://www.matchcollege.com - Free college search and information site, providing information on admissions, financial aid, tuition and more on over 6,000 colleges and universities nationwide.
http://www.advocacy-net.com/scholarmks.htm - More than 1,500 scholarships on the Internet.
http://www.salliemae.com - SallieMae, the nation’s leading provider of student loans.
http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/ourscholarships.cfm - High school seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
http://www.fastweb.com - Each day, more than 20,000 people access this free scholarship search database containing 400,000 scholarships.
http://www.ronbrown.org - Ron Brown Scholar Program (major scholarships).
http://www.truman.gov - The Harry S. Truman scholarship site.
http://www.jackierobinson.org - The Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarships.
http://www.marine-scholars.org - Marine Corps scholarships.
http://www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholarship.asp - United Negro College Fund Merck Science Initiative.
http://www.collegeanswer.com - College planning assistance.
http://www.scholarships.com - Free service... database of more than 2.7 millions scholarships and grants worth over $19 billion.
http://www.collegenet.com - Offers 10,000 scholarships for applying for college on-line.
http://www.internationalscholarships.com - Searchable database of scholarships all around the world.
http://www.collegeboard.com - The College Board’s free scholarship search program.
http://www.freschinfo.com - A frequently updated database of scholarships which currently lists 500 scholarship sources offering 450,000 awards.
http://www.petersons.com - Very respected name in college search information.
http://www.gocollege.com - Resources to guide students on how to finance and succeed in college.
http://www.scholarshipamerica.org - The nation’s largest nonprofit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.
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