Ben T. Wilkins was a teacher, coach, and assistant principal in the Marietta City Schools.  According to school officials, he was instrumental in assisting in the smooth transition from segregated to integrated schools in 1966.

Known affectionately as “Big Ben”, Mr. Wilkins passed away in 1984 after an extended illness.  In 1985, the widow of Mr. Wilkins, Marcella I. Wilkins, donated $50,000 to set-up a scholarship in her late husband’s name at the Marietta Schools Foundation.

Ben Wilkins built his reputation urging Marietta High School students to “BE SOMEBODY.”  The scholarship is therefore awarded to the students whom the scholarship committee feels best exemplify the spirit of that phrase.  The characteristics sought in all applicants are:

  1. Marietta High School graduate.
  2. Leadership as demonstrated by the student’s active involvement in school and community activities and by the student’s performance as a positive role model for their peers.
  3. Scholastic promise: Has the student demonstrated sufficient academic success in their chosen field to offer promise of successfully completing their post-secondary training?

The scholarship may be used for any two or four-year program at any accredited college, university, trade or technical school within the United States.

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