The winner of the 2018 Debbie Rice Memorial Scholarship is Luke William Gregson of Auburn, Alabama. The Alabama Leaders in Educational Technology (ALET), a professional association made up of those who lead and support technology in Alabama schools, awards the $10,000 college scholarship each spring. The scholarship is named for a the late Debbie Rice, a longtime leader in the organization who served as the Technology Director for Auburn City Schools until 2014.
Luke is the son of Craig and Lori Gregson of Auburn. He graduated from Auburn High School in December of 2017 and is now enrolled in Southern Union State Community College. His long term- plan is to complete a Bachelors of Science Degree in Forestry at Auburn University.
This year ALET received 130 applications for the scholarship. The applications are evaluated by a panel of six judges who work in various professions and who are not members of ALET. Luke’s application stood out due to his strong academic performance and his long record of community service.
A member of the Boy Scouts since 11, Luke achieved the rank of Eagle Scout just 4 years later. His Eagle Scout project involved planning an outdoor classroom for Pick Elementary School and then and building it with the help of fellow scouts. In addition to working at the local food bank and helping to build wheelchair ramps at a home for senior citizens, Luke traveled to Baton Rouge, LA and Jacksonville, FL to help those affected by recent hurricanes and floods. Luke graduated from Auburn High School early, while also earning a Career Technical endorsement for AgriScience.
Luke will receive his scholarship at the March 6th meeting of the Alabama Leaders in Educational Technology in Montgomery.
“We are happy to award this scholarship to Luke Gregson. He has demonstrated a lot of perseverance, positive leadership, and community spirit, all of which has helped him to be successful. His interest in obtaining a degree in Forestry is another example of the fact that technology has become an essential part of nearly every profession.” said Barbara Burchard, ALET’s scholarship chairperson and Secretary.