The National MS Society Awards Four Chapter Area Students MS Scholarships

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

The National MS Society Awards Four Chapter Area Students MS Scholarships

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 15, 2012) – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Florida Chapter announces that $10,000 total in scholarship funds will be awarded to four local students.
Breanna Maldonado of Tallahassee, Marc Taylor of High Springs, Erin Mauthner of Tallahassee, and Raphael Powell of Pensacola were selected to be awarded.

Every year, the Society provides scholarships through its MS Scholarship Program towards college or technical school education for students living with MS, students with parents living with MS or anyone living with MS that has not received a post-secondary education.

Applicants must be planning to attend an accredited post-secondary school for the first time and to take at least six credit hours per semester leading to a degree, license or certificate.
Recipients are selected on the basis of academic excellence, financial need, and extracurricular and volunteer activities.
To learn more about the Society’s Scholarship Program, visit or call the chapter at 904.332.6810.

About the scholarship recipients:

Breanna Maldonado, of Tallahassee, will attend the University of Florida in the fall for computer science. She has been a member of Chorus, the National Honor Society, Recycling Committee, Mu Alpha Theta and the Spanish Honor Society. Her father has MS.

Erin Mauthner, of Tallahassee, will attend the University of Florida in the fall for biomedical engineering. She has been a member of the Key Club, the National Honor Society, Concert Chorale, the Debate Club, Varsity Soccer and Varsity Track & Field. She was diagnosed with MS in 2010.

Marc Taylor, of High Springs, will attend Santa Fe College in Gainesville in the fall and study radiology. He has been a member of the Beta Club. His mother has MS.

Raphael Powell, from Pensacola, will attend Pensacola State College in the fall. His goal is to earn an Associate in Business degree and own his own car shop. His father has MS.

About the National MS Society, North Florida Chapter

The National MS Society North Florida Chapter offers programs year-round to the 18,000 individuals affected by MS in North Florida. Funds raised by annual events such as Walk MS and Bike MS contribute to the National MS Society research, programs and services. To find out more about the National MS Society North Florida Chapter visit

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.

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