Scholarships awarded

Each year, the Family Support Committee awards a number of continuing education scholarships.

Post secondary education scholarships are available for individuals with MPS and ML, their siblings (under age 30), and their children. Scholarship applications are available in January.

For photos of all the scholarship winners, click here.


Nicholas DiTommaso graduated from the International Academy High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in May. He plans to pursue an engineering degree and work in medical research.

The Jeffrey Bardsley Continuing Education Scholarship for individuals with MPS or ML offers $5,000 annually to assist motivated, achieving individuals to acquire the further education or training needed to reach their goals.Jeffrey’s family believes that having an MPS or ML disorder need not limit an individual’s educational or vocational aspirations.


Lauren Pope, 21, is a junior at William Jewell College majoring in communications. She is pursuing a career in the broadcast industry.

Hannah Bibler is from South Bend, Indiana, and lives in Columbus Ohio. She is pursuing a career in business.

Tyler Seabrook, 18, graduated from Upper Dublin High School (UDHS), Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, earlier this month. He will attend Cabrini University and pursue a degree in business management. His goal is to work with an amateur or professional sports organization.

Devon Wagner attends Bowling Green State University and is studying dietetics.

Caleb Gara, 17, (MPS II) plans to pursue a career in film or advertising.

Jenny Klein, 25, (ML) is pursuing her master’s degree in physiology at North Carolina State University and plans to attend medical school.

Erin Karl, 18, lives in Boring, Oregon. She is pursuing a career in clinical psychology.

Alena Galan (MPS VI) attends Quinnipiac University. She plans to pursue an MBA and continue her singing career.

Kyle Brockman, 25, is from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and is pursuing a medical degree.

Madison Nareski is from Hagerstown, Maryland, and currently attends Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. She is studying international politics and plans to pursue a career in foreign policy.

Adam Basquill-White (MPS I) is a student at the University of Central Florida and is pursuing a degree in finance.

Fernando Armendariz, 19, is a student at El Paso Community College – Northwestern Campus in El Paso, Texas. He plans to pursue a career as a middle school and high school Spanish teacher.

Lori Kappel graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana. She is currently enrolled in Indiana University’s prestigious Kelley School of Business.

Shelby Key currently attends Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College but will be transferring to the University of Georgia. She will pursue a degree in agriculture education.

Nicole Frye recently graduated from Newbury Park High School. She plans to attend Cal State Northridge or Utah State University.

Jakob Klemm hopes to study computer engineering and finance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall. He hopes to pursue a career venture capital and run for public office.

Abigail Weisenbach attends Indiana University. She is currently studying human development and getting minors in psychology and youth development.

Connor Rieg of Kansas City will be attending the University of Kansas in the fall and plans to major in business administration, or pre-law.

Lauren Williams is from Owensboro, Kentucky, and attends the University of Kentucky. She is pursuing a degree in biology on a pre-med track.

Forrest Bernhardt, 22, is from Whitehall, Michigan. His passions in life are sports, automotives and traveling.

Mattison Davidson completed her undergraduate  coursework at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, and is pursuing a career as a pharmacist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City at Missouri State University doctorate of pharmacy program.

Veronica Witt is studying to become a math teacher or a pediatrician.

Augusta Finzel is studying Russian and biology at Lawrence University. She hopes her science and language skills will help to bring treatments to people with rare diseases and genetic disorders or to increase education on the environment and ways to live sustainably.

Elizabeth Moran, 24, works as a research project coordinator in thoracic surgery at Brigham and
Women’s Hospital (BWH). She is starting graduate school at Boston College Connell School of Nursing to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP).

Caitlin Hackett works with children and adults with developmental disabilities and is currently a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee pursuing a career in school psychology.

Chelsey Klenke works at Easter Seals Midwest, focusing on respite care and planning
events for teens and adults. She plans to attend St. Louis University and pursue a master’s degree in social work.

Zach Clarke attends Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and is currently studying mechanical engineering.

Heather Millington attends Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, where she is pursuing degrees in psychology and sociology. She hopes to get a doctoral degree in trauma counseling.

Jennifer Besse, 45, lives in Warsaw, Missouri, with her husband and two daughters.

Joshua Townsley has been accepted into the dual admission program at Nova Southeastern University. He will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and has a guaranteed seat upon graduation in the Nova School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he will pursue a career in pediatric orthopedics.

Alexander Glayde Hill, 20, is from Nevada. He plans to help those with special needs as he pursues a career in music and education.

MPS & ML Continuing Education Scholarship Program Guidelines

Jeffrey Bardsley Continuing Education  Scholarship Program Guidelines

Continuing Education Scholarship Program Guidelines for Parents, Siblings, and Children of an Individual with MPS or ML

Scholarship Winner Photo Gallery


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