Lauren Francis, a senior at Woodside High School, earned the Newport News Education Foundation’s the Wayne D. Lett Scholarship. Lauren was notified during school;.
Francis is a member of the Student Council Association, marching band, and Student Athletic Leadership Team. She volunteered with an organization that builds beds for children in the community. She said that her leadership work in school has “given me a heart for young people.”
Ms. Francis plans to attend Christopher Newport University to earn a teaching license, then teach English in Newport News Public Schools.
The Wayne D. Lett Scholar Program is a merit-based award of $10,000 given over four years to a Newport News public school senior who plans to teach in public schools. The program is administered by the Newport News Education Foundation as a tribute to Wayne D. Lett, Ed.D., a former superintendent of Newport News Public Schools. The recipient commits to teach in Newport News for three consecutive years after graduation.
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