At the celebration, the College honors Year Up and its founder Gerald Chertavian who will be awarded the 2013 Passion for Action Leadership Award for their work in closing the Opportunity Divide for thousands of young adults across the United States. The Leadership Award Dinner features a keynote address by Anuradha Koirala, the Founder and Executive Director of Maiti Nepal, recognized by CNN in 2010 as one of the TOP 10 Heroes of the world.
Spivack graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, where she was heavily involved in service activities. As a senior, she participated in the first-annual Unified Bocce Tournament and planned a Special Olympics kickoff event. Her passion is working with children, so she would like to pursue her interest while volunteering at Children's Hospital. While at Wheelock, she hopes to pursue a career path to become a child life specialist and eventually work with children and families in hospital settings.
Wheelock College created the Passion for Action Scholarship Program in 2007 for outstanding incoming Wheelock students from Greater Boston. The scholarship provides a $20,000 annual award toward Wheelock College tuition and is paired with a unique academic program which develops students' leadership and community service skills. The first Passion Scholars graduated from Wheelock in May 2012; there are currently 17 Passion Scholars enrolled. Five scholarships are awarded every year to members of the incoming class.
The proceeds from the 2013 Passion for Action Leadership Award Dinner will support the growth of this special scholarship program.