Acolyte, photographer receives scholarship from St. Philip, Marysville
Since he was 12 years old, Ben Williams has faithfully served as an acolyte at St. Philip, Marysville. Along with his parents, Charles and Merlinda, he has diligently come to church every Sunday possible, and the congregation has watched him grow up.
Now 18 and a recent graduate of Marysville Arts and Technology High School, Williams begins studying at the Seattle Art Institute this fall. His St. Philip’s family surprised him on June 19 with a $3,215 scholarship toward his first year’s tuition.
A talented photographer, Williams developed a series of note cards for his senior class project that struck a chord with the Rev. Mary Allen, rector at St. Philip’s. Wanting to support Williams’ obvious talent and his continued education in the arts, Allen then sent a letter to members of the parish asking for contributions toward a one-time scholarship award. Allen wasn’t surprised by the outpouring of support that resulted, but Williams was taken aback.
“As far as rewards and recognitions go, I’ve never received one so heartfelt and so amazing as the scholarship from the church,” Williams wrote in the Philippian July newsletter. “No matter how many times I say thank you, it will never feel like it was enough.”
Williams also was recognized by his high school with the President’s Education Awards Program Outstanding Academic Excellence Award as well as being named an outstanding student in art and Spanish, and Student of the Year.
Photos courtesy of Ben Williams and Mary Allen