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Febus gains scholarship from National MS Society

September 15, 2008

The Maryland Chapter of the National MS Society has announced that this year's local recipient of its annual scholarship program is Josefa "Sefy" M. Febus.

In the Hagerstown community, one student preparing to enter college will receive support from his or her local National MS Society chapter. The scholarship program provides financial assistance to students affected by multiple sclerosis who are pursuing a college or technical school education.

Febus has a parent with MS.

The society established its scholarship program six years ago, and the program continues to grow in terms of support and scholarships awarded. In 2008, 518 awards totaling $1,140,750 were presented to people with MS or their children entering an accredited post-secondary educational program. Applications are evaluated based on financial need, academic record, leadership and volunteer activities, a statement of educational and career goals, and letters of recommendation.

Applicants also are asked to provide a personal statement describing the impact MS has had on their lives. Most scholarships cover one year and are nonrenewable. They range from $1,000 to $3,000.

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The National MS Society Scholarship Program is administered by Scholarship America. Scholarship applications for 2009 will be available on the National MS Society Web site beginning Oct. 15. The 2009 application process will close on Jan. 15.

Those wishing to receive applications may call 800-537-4180, ext. 471, or go to www.nationalMSsociety.org.

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