Warde student receives National MS Society Scholarship

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones, of Fairfield, has been named to receive a National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, 2015 Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund Scholarship.

Jones, 17, a graduate of Fairfield Warde High School, will attend James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia to pursue a degree in finance.

As a student at Fairfield Warde High School, Jones worked diligently to find classes that challenged him. At the beginning of his sophomore year, he already recognized an interest in business, and so he took on a business concentration, enrolling in classes such as marketing, business of sports and entertainment, entrepreneurship and business management.

Additionally, Jones has a solid foundation in his community, and has worked to give back to the greater community each year as he travels with a church group to Appalachia during the summer to do mission work and repair houses. This winter, he traveled on his first mission trip abroad.

“While I was in India, I noticed different marketing tools than I was used to seeing in the United States,” he said. “I am excited to learn more about the business industry in college while continuing my work with the community.”

Jones also gives back to organizations close to his family, such as the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.

“When I was just six years old, my family took me along to participate in Walk MS in support of my mother, who was diagnosed with the illness when she was 22,” said Jones. “I remember being scared after seeing so many people with more progressive forms of the disease, but my mother told me that she wasn’t afraid as long as she could count on our family to support her. I knew then that we were in the fight against MS together.”

More than 6,500 Connecticut residents, like Jones’s mother, live with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease. The cause is unknown and there is currently no cure. Symptoms can include numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.

Jones was recognized by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, at its annual Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Scholarship Reception, which was held at the Country Club of Farmington, Thursday, June 4. He is one of 30 students receiving a 2015 scholarship from the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.

Petit family scholarships are made possible through the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund, which specifically supports the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s family programs, caregivers programs and scholarships. The fund was established in July 2007 by the family to honor the memory of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, who had MS, and her daughters Hayley and Michaela, who were active with the chapter helping raise funds to support scientific research for a cure and local programs for families affected by MS.

Information for the 2016-17 school year scholarships will be available on the National MS Society website on October 1st. For more information on MS or for additional information on 2015 MS scholarship criteria, please contact the Connecticut Chapter at 860-913-2550 or visit ctfightsMS.org.

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