April 11th, 2018 – Wayne High School senior Rebekah Spence is this year’s school’s representative to earn the Franklin B. Walter college scholarship stipend from the Montgomery County Educational Service Center. The stipend is for $1,000 and will help alleviate the costs for books, fees and other college related expenses.
Spence earned the scholarship because Wayne High School teachers and staff identified her as someone who is honest, involved in community activities, and has a strong work ethic towards her studies. ”I always try to be studious, do my best, and help others while I’m here, but I never necessarily noticed that the principal noticed that type of stuff,” said Spence during an interview.
Spence says her one of her educational goals is to be the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college. She adds, “My dad is 60 so they weren’t expected to go to school back then and my mom came from out of the country so she wasn’t allowed to go to a university here. They’ve always supported what I had to do so the fact that I’m able to go to a university and they weren’t able to makes me very grateful for that.”
In her scholarship essay, Spence says her goals include graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in biomedical engineering, continuing her education at Columbia University, and her ultimate goal is funding hospitals and clinics in third world countries.
Taking advantage of every opportunity in college is part of Spence’s plan. “I definitely want to do as many internships as I can and they have great research programs. They have The James Comprehensive Cancer Center and it’s one of the best cancer research facilities, especially for leukemia, in the state and in the country,” says Spence.
Spence also names her Spanish teacher, Mrs. Robles, in her scholarship essay as someone who has had an influence on her. Despite having a hectic schedule, Spence says Mrs. Robles finds time to help her students, spend time with her family and give back to her community. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘If I can be even a fraction as dedicated and compassionate as Mrs. Robles, I could really make a difference in others’ lives because Mrs. Robles made such a big impact in mine,” says Spence in her scholarship essay.
Spence’s academic career is looking bright at Ohio State and beyond. The Franklin B. Walter College Scholarship will aid her in accomplishing her goals in college so she can help struggling individuals and families after she graduates.
“I’m very grateful to get this scholarship and I’m very proud to be a Wayne Warrior,” says Spence.