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This Spring, the Blue Ridge Chapter awarded $1,000 scholarships to ten college-bound students. All will enter their freshman year at a college or university in the Fall.  The Chapter congratulates this group of dedicated students and wishes them success and satisfaction as they pursue their education. 

For more details on the National MS Society college scholarship, click here.  Scholarship applications for 2009 awards will be available October 1, 2008. Applications may be submitted from October 15, 2008 through January 15, 2009.

Our 2008 scholarship recipients:

Caitlin Callahan 

Caitlin Callahan

Caitlin has carried a demanding academic load and continued her studies with advanced courses over the summers. She is also a caring daughter to her mom who has MS. She will study medicine in the future, possibly doing medical research. She is greatly influenced by her experiences living with MS. She has witnessed her mom’s many struggles with the disease and wants to make her own contribution to medical understanding of the disease in the future.

 

Nathan Childress

 

Nathan Childress

Nathan will enter the medical profession in the future and train as a pharmacist. His mother was a nurse before her MS progressed. He tries to help with the running of the family including helping his other siblings. He will need financial assistance because he is one of four who will be in college at the same time. He says he has developed a compassion for people with disabilities and hopes he can make his own contribution in the future.

Hailey Garbee 

Hailey Garbee

Hailey says her family has become closer since her mom’s MS was diagnosed. They all pitch in to help with household tasks. They also ride in the Bike MS Tour to raise awareness and funds. A sense of humor is also evident. Hailey would like to concentrate on farm management and interdisciplinary studies in order to eventually teach and to run a horse farm.

 

Elizabeth Hale 

Elizabeth Hale

Like her mother, Elizabeth would like to become an elementary school teacher. She is already priming for this future vocation by interning at a local school. She says her mother had to quit her job as a teacher but now has more time to do other things in the community. She is a Girl Scout leader and chess teacher. Elizabeth says her mom has inspired her to follow her heart and never give up her dreams.

Brittany Heath 

Brittany Heath 

Her passionate love of animals propels Brittany toward a career as a veterinarian. She says she has discovered strengths within her that she never knew she had. Besides maintaining good grades and volunteering in her community, she has great responsibilities at home since her mom has MS. She is grateful for the time spent with her mom. They have developed a strong mother-daughter bond.

 

Robert Jaeger 

Robert Jaeger

Robotics engineering is Robert’s goal in life. He has already won several awards in the field including a Robotics safety award and the Motorola quality award in robotics competitions. He has excelled academically and has also had time to participate in lacrosse. He will need financial assistance as his single mom has MS and is currently unemployed. He feels his future career could be helpful to those with MS and other chronic conditions.

Kari Myers 

Kari Myers

 Kari wants to study criminal justice and perhaps work for the FBI or other law enforcement agency. She has been an outstanding school and community volunteer participating in church, class offices, and countless sports. She is proficient in basketball and softball. She also finds time to help out at home and to spend quality time with her mom and sister.

Amber Scott 

Amber Scott

Amber has made a study of her dad’s MS. She has learned many of his symptoms and tries to help him as much as she can. As a stay-at-home dad, she is grateful to have more time with him. Being together has made her realize how important he is in her life. She would like to become an elementary school teacher in the future.

Ethan Snead 

Ethan Snead

Ethan has always been interested in computers and will pursue a career in that field, perhaps developing computer games. He is encouraged by his dad whose MS has caused the family to make new changes. Ethan tries to help out as much as possible and says the family is now healthier in terms of exercise and nutrition.

 

 

 

 Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

If you need help, Jonathan is the one to ask. He has shown consistent support for his mom who has MS. He is a Paul Bunyan-type outdoors man who loves farming, fishing and hard work. When not helping at home, he participates at his church teaching Sunday school and playing guitar and banjo at services. He would like to become a master mechanic, especially with diesel engines. His “can do” attitude is reflected in the following comments: “MS is NOT going to stop this family. It has tried, but failed.”