Student update: MS Scholarship winner, hair donations for a good cause

Students launch a Hair Affair to fight cancer

Local students will lose their hair Friday to help raise awareness of teen cancer. The students, all from local high schools, and members of the youth service group One Stone, Inc., will donate their hair or shave their heads, 2 p.m., Friday at Studio One, 3500 W. State St., in Boise.

The mass haircut will kick off a 50-day campaign that includes: Your chance to donate your own (eight inches, minimum) hair: June 25-through Friday, Aug. 13 at participating salons and receive a free cut and style.

The donated hair will be sent to the organization Pink Heart Funds, and made into wigs for teens with cancer. For more details (or if you know students and adult mentors who might like to be part of One Stone), contact Teresa Poppen, One Stone executive director, 863-7738.

Local student wins National MS Society scholarship

An essay by local student Kelly McGown, whose mom, a professional horse trainer, has multiple sclerosis, has earned her $1,000 for college. McGown is a graduate of Kuna High.

The scholarship program helps students affected by MS pursue higher education. The program is open to high school seniors who live with MS or have a parent who does; or anybody living with MS who has not yet been to a post-secondary school. Scholarships range from $1,000-$3,000. For more: (800) 344-4867.

Here’s an excerpt from Kelly McGown’s winning essay about living with a parent with MS:

"I have ridden and shown horses since I was three and my mom has been my supporter and my trainer since day one. Each summer my mom loads up the horse trailer with my horse and the three other horses who are part of the show team and we head off to our shows.

My mom has provided me with so much experience with showing horses that I won Reserve World Champion with my horse who recently passed away. My mom does everything in her power to give my sister and me the life we wish to have. I worry every day about my mom's health and her financial status.

I know she struggles to pay for bills and medical needs each month and that is why when my senior year was finally here I was excited to graduate, but very worried about how I could fulfill the financial necessities that were to follow. I will be the first one in my family to go to college, so I find it to be extremely important to follow my ambitions and make my dreams to come true."

congratulations to McGown, and other young people in the community who face particular challenges when it comes to paying for college.