Rebecca Essig, a 2016 Westlake High School (WHS) graduate, was awarded the first “Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship” at the Senior Awards Banquet Night earlier this year. The scholarship was established to celebrate the life and contributions of WHS 1992 alum, Jeffery Marriott, who suddenly passed in March 2015.
“We felt Rebecca exemplified Jeff’s character, principles, ambition and drive,” said Jeff Hammond, a friend and board member of the Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship. “Jeff was a scholar athlete at WHS and co-captained his football and basketball teams in 1992,” explained Hammond. “Rebecca demonstrated excellence and was a true leader on and off the fields at WHS. We felt she was a terrific recipient mirroring Jeff’s caring, kind and considerate personality.”
Essig was a member of WHS’s 2015 – 2016 soccer and basketball teams playing a major role in the advancement of her squads into the playoffs through the Southwest championships and District levels. She earned seven varsity letters – four in basketball and three in soccer – and co-captained both teams her senior year. Further, she was a first-team Southwestern Conference basketball honoree, scholar athlete, WKYC Student-Athlete “Shout Out”, National Honor Society member and placed in the top 50 of her class academically. She will attend The Ohio State University in the Fall of 2016 to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
The Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, established to honor the life and contributions of Jeff Marriott. The foundation will annually award a scholarship to one deserving Westlake High School graduate who exemplifies Jeff’s character, principles, ambition and drive. The foundation will host an adult-only rally at Time Warp 26261 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake, OH 44145 on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Friends and guests are invited to stop by and enjoy drink, food, music and fun.