Rebecca (Becci) Spruill has been accepted into the second class of the UNC Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program with the UNC General Administration. The program is a six-week intensive summer internship that fosters leadership skills as well as understanding of key issues in higher education.
This marks the second year that a UNC Pembroke student has been accepted into the program, which takes applications from all 16 UNC campuses. The scholars spend time with top UNC General Administration leaders, tour UNC campuses and visit elected officials in North Carolina at Washington, D.C.
From Raleigh, N.C., Spruill is a rising junior who is a double major in art education and sociology. She is a member of the Esther Maynor Honors College and the recipient of two Undergraduate Scholar Assistantships. She also works as an academic tutor in the Office of Academic Support and in the Art Department Gallery.
Spruill was pleased to hear that she had been accepted into the program. While her academic pursuits are diverse already, she said the program would add to her scholarship experiences.
“I applied to the Scholars Program hoping to both explore the world of higher education and to perform research for an off-campus organization,” Spruill said. “While my second major is sociology, most of my research projects have been related to the visual arts. This opportunity will allow me to pursue the more traditional academic path of presenting a research project upon completion of an internship.”
Dr. Mark Milewicz, dean of the Honors College, said it is a great honor to be accepted into the program, and Spruill is an excellent choice. He wrote a recommendation as her faculty sponsor.
“Becci has a variety of academic interests, but is most passionate about art education and sociology,” Dr. Milewicz said. “The opportunity to serve as a Marian Drane scholar will not only offer Becci a terrific academic experience, but will also showcase to the state the great talent we have within our student body at UNCP.”
As an artist, Spruill is a printmaker and recently exhibited work at the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, the Nashville Print Revival Student Show and several student shows. She is vice president of the Swampdog Press, a student drawing and printmaking club, and she is president of the Sociology Club.
The program’s namesake Marian Drane Graham was the wife of former UNC President and U.S. Senator Frank Porter Graham.