Gretchen C. Deters Receives Four Year Scholarship
The New Bern Historical Society presented its Harriett Marks Scholarship for 2017 to New Bern High School senior Gretchen C. Deters at the New Bern Historical Society’s annual Awards Banquet on June 1. Miss Deters was selected from among a large group of talented and deserving applicants.
Miss Deters, daughter of Wesley Deters of New Bern, is a graduating senior at New Bern High School where she has been active in many clubs and organizations. She competed in the Science Olympiad in the past three years, earning honors including 1st place in her Junior year. She has been a member of National Honor Society in both her Junior and Senior years. As a member of the All-Academic Team, she has earned a 4.0 or higher GPA throughout high school. Miss Deters has volunteered in school as a peer tutor in Spanish and Math, in church in the Backpack Blessings program, and in the community at Tryon Palace.
Upon graduation Miss Deters will attend Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio studying pre-med and Spanish language. She then plans to go on to medical school and eventually become a pediatrician. She expects to put her language and medical skills to good use, saying she’d like to “travel the world and help those who need help. I do not wish to change the whole world, simply improve someone else’s.”
The Marks Scholarship was established by a trust estate created in 1968 under the terms of the will of Miss Harriett Marks as a memorial to the O. Marks family (for which the downtown building is named). The scholarship goes to a senior graduating from New Bern High School for the purpose of obtaining higher education at an accredited college, university, or institution of higher learning. It can be used for tuition, board or lodging. Renewable for three succeeding years as long as academic standards are maintained, the scholarship provides financial assistance to a deserving senior based on a combination of financial need, scholarship and service to community and school. The Marks Scholarship furthers the Historical Society’s mission “to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education.” Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern.
Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, New Bern Historical Society