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Local MS Scholarships Announcedby The National MS Society North Florida Chapter
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Local MS Scholarships Announcedby The National MS Society North Florida Chapter

The National MS Society North Florida Chapter announces Grace Hoffman of Ponte Vedra and Joshua Dopson of Jacksonville as two of its 2011 scholarship recipients.

The annual MS Scholarship Program helps students affected by Multiple Sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. The program is open to students living with MS, students with parents living with MS, and anyone living with MS that has not received a post-secondary education.

Grace Hoffman, a senior at Allen D. Nease High School, lives with her mother who has lived with MS for 13 years.

“My mom has taught me a lot,” Hoffman said. “One of the most important things is that no matter what is in your way it should never stop you. She has always encouraged me to go for something I want and not let anything discourage me.”

Hoffman is a member of the National Honor Society and National French Honor Society. She also volunteers as a camp counselor, a lifeguard and a four-year member of the swim team. She plans to attend Florida State University where she will continue swimming and study either American history or literature. 

Joshua Dopson is a senior at Robert E. Lee High School. His mother also has MS.

 “My mom’s faith has always inspired me,” said Dopson. “I always wanted to go to college and make my mom proud; winning this scholarship inspired me even more to be the best I can be.”

This year, 439 new awards and 200 renewals totaling $1,194,350 were presented nationwide. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, financial need, and extracurricular and volunteer activities.

For more information about the MS Scholarship program for 2012-13 call 1-800-344-4867 or visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/scholarship.

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