dr. Patty's Legacy Scholars
Meet the Dr. Patty Legacy Scholars! Each year, this scholarship honors an exceptional, first-generation college-bound woman of color and social justice advocate that has participated in the Wittenberg University (Springfield) Upward Bound Program. Dr. Patty's journey to becoming a three-time graduate and PhD-recipient from Ohio State University began in the same Upward Bound program. We honor Dr. Patty's legacy through financial, academic, and social support for these rising social change agents.
Alona graduated Summa Cum Laude from Global Impact STEM Academy, where she developed a cookbook that utilized ingredients commonly found at food pantries. She has received several honors from the Wittenberg University Upward Bound program including the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. She attended Clark State Community College while still in high school and is a mentor for many younger students. Alona will be studying Chemistry at Ohio State University and plans to become a pediatrician.
Alexis graduated from the Global Impact STEM Academy with a Career Tech Honors Diploma and accumulated 46 college credit hours while in high school. She participated in Future Farmer of America (FFA) and was nominated by her peers as the "most likely to become a social activist." She is attending Ohio State University, pursuing a degree in Fashion & Retail Studies. She is also a Morrill Scholarship Program recipient, the largest social-justice scholars program at any university in the world. Alexis is a gifted artist that enjoys sharing her creative gifts with the world.
Emanee graduated form Springfield High School the Award of Excellence (twice), Stellar Student Award, Orchestra Directors Award (she plays cello), TRIO Leadership Award, and was an avid volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank. She is attending Wright State University and studying Psychology. She plans to use her degree to support Black women survivors of trauma, specifically interpersonal violence (IPV). She is described as a "committed agent of change" and enjoys hiking, volunteering, and engaging with her faith community.