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~Wellesley College Junior Receives Rockefeller Fellowship~

For immediate release:
April 17, 2002

Arlie Corday,
781-283-3321 or 2373

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," Spicer said.

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 students.


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