A fund known as the Rob Wheeler Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of former South Point High School teacher Rob Wheeler, has been established by the Marshall University Foundation Inc.
The recipient of the scholarship will be a full-time undergraduate student who graduated from South Point High School in South Point, Ohio, with at least a 3.0 GPA. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will select the recipient.
The scholarship was transferred from South Point High School to the MU Foundation.
Wheeler died April 25, 1994, after a long battle with cancer.
“ ‘I am firm in my belief a teacher lives on and on through his students. Good teaching is forever and the teacher is immortal,’ ” said Peggy Byard, quoting writer Jesse Stuart. Byard, now retired, also was a South Point teacher at the time of Wheeler’s death.
Peter Kim, a 1990 graduate of South Point High School and son of Dr. Chong Kim, former dean of the College of Business, also had high praise for Wheeler. He wrote about Wheeler in the 1994 yearbook:
“It’s been said that a true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes,” Peter Kim wrote. “Mr. Wheeler took on several roles in my life: educator, advisor, disciplinarian and coach. In all definitions of the word, he was an outstanding teacher; but, more importantly in my life, Mr. Wheeler was always a true friend.”
In also writing about Wheeler, South Point teacher Jamie Lester Meade said simply, “with energy, patience and love for his students, Rob Wheeler taught me how to be a teacher in today’s world.”
Anyone wanting to contribute to the scholarship may send a check made payable to the MU Foundation with Rob Wheeler Memorial Scholarship on the memo line.