Ms. Wellington was born in North Carolina and raised on a farm by poor parents. Raised in a poor agrarian culture where the family picked tobacco and cotton, her opportunities were limited. She wanted to be a teacher, but married instead at the age of 17 and had 11 children. Ms. Wellington taught her children the importance of education, and when they grew up, she went to night school to get her GED and then attended Northern Virginia Community College where she received a degree in Drug Counseling in 1982. She is presently a student at Spelman in Atlanta and was featured in the book Their Memories and Our Treasures, published by Spelman. Ms. Wellington intends to further her education in human services with this scholarship.
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