Rob Wheeler Memorial Scholarship established by MU Foundation

J'Leigha Long, Reporter

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A new scholarship has been established by the Marshall University Foundation known as the Rob Wheeler Memorial Scholarship.

Rob Wheeler was an English teacher at South Point High School, in South Point, Ohio, for over 20 years, until he lost his battle with cancer. A scholarship was established in his name in 1994. The scholarship was then transferred from South Point High School to the MU Foundation.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance will select the recipient of this year’s scholarship. The student must be a full-time undergraduate student who graduated from South Point High School and has at least a 3.0 GPA.

Peter Kim, the son of Chong Kim, former dean of the College and Business and a former graduate of South Point High School, said Wheeler was an outstanding teacher and outstanding teacher and always a true friend.

“Mr. Wheeler played many roles in my life,” Kim said. “He was an advisor, educator, coach and disciplinarian.”

Peggy Byard, a teacher from South Point High School during the time of Wheeler’s passing, said Wheeler was a fantastic teacher, mentor and friend. She also said this scholarship insures his vision for students.

“This scholarship will make Rob’s legacy live on, providing financial aid to a South Point High School graduate,” Byard said.

Aside from teaching high school, Wheeler was also a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. Byard said Wheeler should also be remembered for his contributions to the church.

“Wheeler not only taught classroom subjects,” Byard said. “But he taught about the beautiful things life has to offer every individual.”

Anyone wanting to contribute to the scholarship may send a check made payable to the MU Foundation with Rob Wheeler Memorial Scholarship on the memo line.

J’Leigha Long can be contacted at [email protected]

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