Local Student Wins MS Society Scholarship


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Alex Locker was born with club feet, and he's had his share of physical difficulties since then. Those things seem to run in his family, but they all make the best of their situation.

College student Alex Locker says, "Little things since birth. My freshman year of high school, I had my spine fused for scoliosis. My junior year of high school, I had a case of meningitis which led to spinal headaches for a few months, which made me lose an entire quarter of school."

Alex's mother Shanna was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Alex was just a year old. She says in the last five years, her condition has limited her to just doing things around the house, and sometimes not even that. Last year Shanna filled out the paperwork for an MS Society scholarship for Alex.

Shanna Locker says, "Alex's doctor has told him over and over, 'Alex, you will never make your living with your body. You'd better use your brain.' And this scholarship, although it was based on my disability, is helping him use his brain."

Use his brain, indeed. Alex first wanted to study engineering, but decided to shift his focus to mathematics and computer science. He says the $1000 a semester scholarship from the MS Society means he doesn't have to head to work right after getting home from school.

Alex Locker says, "I can focus just hours a day if I need to on any math, computer, any sort of homework I have to without having to worry."

The deadline for applying for a scholarship like Alex's is Tuesday, January 15th, 2013. To find out more, visit: nationalMSsociety.org/scholarship .

Dec. 19, 2012.

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