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Applications Closed 

Applications for the MS Go for Gold Scholarship have now closed. 

To be amongst the first to receive information about next years MS Go for Gold Scholarships, please fill in the below expression of interest form.

We will be in touch as soon as a date to open applications has been set for 2021.

Thank you to those who applied for a MS Go for Gold Scholarship in 2020. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch shortly.

2020 MS Go for Gold Scholarship Virtual Awards

This year to acknowledge and celebrate the 25 applicants who will receive a grant to go towards their dream or personal goal we held a virtual award presentation. You can watch the full recording below and hear some remarkable people in the MS community on their way to achieving their dreams.

The MS Go for Gold Scholarships enable people living with multiple sclerosis to fulfil a dream or pursue a personal goal that otherwise may be out of reach. 

If you are someone living with MS and need a little bit of support to help you achieve your goal, then apply for a MS Go for Gold Scholarship.

Maybe you want to explore your creative side and make art or learn a new hobby, further your education, change careers or kickstart a business idea, Maybe you’re interested in living well by participating in wellbeing activities or purchasing equipment that will have a positive impact on your daily life. As Lydia, a past recipient of the MS Go for Gold Scholarship says, “the Go for Gold Scholarship doesn’t have to be an extravagant dream. It can be for everyday wishes…my dream was to study Italian.’

For more information on how to apply please read the Application Guidelines.

In the words of Jennifer, a past MS Go for Gold Scholarship recipient, 'the MS Go for Gold Scholarship was a game-changer.’ And Justine, ‘I’d recommend everyone actually apply. The boost that, it gave me has been invaluable.’

No project, dream, goal, business idea or hobby is too big or too small. People have applied for many different reasons; from needing equipment to help them clean their house so they can spend more time with their family, to funding a course to help kickstart their business idea. 

We hear a lot from the MS community that they never applied for an MS Go for Gold Scholarship because they thought someone else may need this support more.

You are just as deserving as anyone else. 

The MS Go for Gold Scholarships are available to help you live well with MS and achieve something you may not have otherwise achieved. If you need more inspiration on what past recipients have utilised their MS Go for Gold Scholarship on, please check out their stories. 

How are MS Go for Gold Scholarships funded? 

Mark MS Mega Swim
It’s all thanks to the generous fundraisers and supporters of the MS Mega Challenge events. People just like Mark. 

Mark has hosted the biannual Mildura MS 24 Hour Mega Swim since 2005 (Mark organises everything from securing local live entertainers to initiating his 5-cent fundraising activity around town - because every cent counts!)

Living with MS himself, Mark likes to help raise money for others with MS and contribute to the MS Go for Gold Scholarships.

Mark says he “loves seeing people with MS getting out and active at this event. It’s a great atmosphere with lots of laughter and everyone comes together and becomes one supportive team overnight”

He says as a swimmer with MS it is overwhelming and humbling to see so many people willing to come together and swim for those living with MS.

Mark is just one of many people who are participants, supporters, donors and volunteers for the MS Mega Challenge events that allow MS Go for Gold Scholarships to be possible.

We also want to thank Carol Cooke AM who has been the such a driving force and inspiration for many to take part in the MS Mega Challenge events and raise funds for the MS Go for Gold Scholarships since the year 2000. 

Real Stories

Here are some real stories about how our Go for Gold Scholarships helped people living with MS to achieve their dreams.

Jennifer Severn

In 2014 Jennifer Severn was awarded a Go for Gold Scholarship to engage a life-writing mentor. She'd been writing snippets of her life story for years and wanted to turn them into a book.

'The Go for Gold Scholarship was a game-changer,' she says. 'I'd been writing all my life and I'd earned a living for a while doing technical and commercial writing—good, plain, practical writing.' She laughs. 'But you can't write a memoir like that. A memoir is creative non-fiction. It has to come to life. → read more


The sun shines when you least expect it - but it does shine.

When I was diagnosed with MS 30 years ago, it was like being hit by a black cloud. Since then, I’ve been enjoying time with family and friends, eating well, and keeping fit.

Unfortunately, walking has become more difficult in the last few years and I now rely heavily on a walking stick to help me get around when out of my home. → read more

Jessica, Justine & Lydia's MS Go for Gold Scholarship stories

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