Milwaukee’s Jessica-O’Lea Gayle receives $2,000 scholarship
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter has announced that Jessica-O’Lea Gayle from Milwaukee has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship that Gayle, a senior at Milwaukee Lutheran High School, will use toward the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for her studies in political science.
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 high school (or GED) graduates of any age who have MS or a parent with MS and are attending an accredited post-secondary school for the first time. 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.
Gayle’s scholarship is one of 423 awarded across the country; 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.”
For more information, call 800-242-3358 or visit www.wisMS.org.