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Local student receives $20K scholarship from Backus

November 4, 2011

Backus Hospital recently partnered with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund to award Christina Watts, a senior at East Lyme High School with a $20,000 scholarship to be disbursed in $5,000 installments over a four-year period.  Ms. Watts is pursing a career in medicine and would like to become an OB/GYN.

Theresa Buss, Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development, presented Ms. Watts with her scholarship at the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Anniversary Dinner on Oct. 20 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton.

“This is the first year that we’ve participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund,” said Ms. Buss.  “Recognizing the importance of Dr. King and his activism for human rights, Backus Hospital is proud to support the fund and the educational aspirations of local students.”

An appreciative Ms. Watts said, “The evening’s guest speaker, Dr. Raymond B. Johnson spoke about following a passion.  To me, this scholarship is an opportunity to follow my passion.  The recognition in itself is certainly an honor, and the funds attached are the icing on the cake.”

Ms. Watts is the daughter of The Reverend Doctor Benjamin Watts and Mrs. Cynthia Watts of East Lyme.  Her schools of choice include Franklin and Marshall in Pennsylvania, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Brown University.

Ms. Watts is on the track and field team at East Lyme High School.  In the community, she volunteers at the Mystic River Ambulance Association and at Child Works Preschool in New London.  She is president of the Shiloh Baptist Youth Praise and Worship Team, a member of God’s Army Dance Ministry, and secretary of the Sunday School Department.  She is also active in the Congress of Christian Education at the state and local levels and was named Miss Debutante 2011.