WELLESLEY, Mass. - Katrina A. Spicer of Middletown, Conn.,
a junior at Wellesley College, has been awarded the Rockefeller
Brothers Fund Fellowship.
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is for students of color
who will receive both a graduate degree in education and
teach in the public school system. The fellows are awarded
$2,500 for a summer educational project, a grant of $12,000
for a one-year graduate program or $16,000 for a two-year
program leading to a master's in education and a teaching
certification. There is also student loan repayment assistance
of $1,200 for three years once a career in public school
classroom teaching begins.
"I will be working with a non-traditional public high school
in Providence, R.I., called 'The MET' during their summer
school program," said Spicer, the daughter of Tina Gibson
of Middletown, Conn. "I am currently doing an internship
there two days a week. I am gathering information currently
regarding schools that I would like to attend in the fall
of 2003 for graduate school."
Spicer is a Davis Scholar, Wellesley's continuing education
option for non-traditional students, and is majoring in
anthropology with a minor in education. An officer in two
student organizations, she is a member of the Wellesley
College General Judiciary committee and has been involved
in the Davis House Council since her first year at Wellesley.
Last year she was awarded a stipend through Wellesley to
teach on the Navaho Indian Reservation in Arizona. She spent
the summer teaching fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade children
a social studies curriculum she wrote.
"Upon graduation in 2003, I will be attending graduate
school in pursuit of my master's in education and my teaching
certification and possibly a doctoral degree in education,"
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The
College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate