David Spells writes, “I first got the idea of creating a scholarship after my father died. I wanted to honor his memory, but I think it is even more important to honor your loved ones while they are still alive. After much thought, I decided to create a scholarship to honor my family and the love and support they give me. Both my wife, Kim, and I graduated from Southwestern. Our time spent there greatly impacted our lives. We want to give back some of the financial, emotional, and spiritual support that we received while attending the University.
"I especially want to thank both my parents for the sacrifices they made in helping to put me through school. There were many nights when I would wake up at 4:00 a.m. and find my dad reading his Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. Through my dad’s example and his love for me, I gained a greater desire to know Jesus and His love.
"I would like to thank my mom for her love and support and for the many nights she would bring food to me at Scales Hall while I was studying late into the night.
"I would like to honor my sister, Lisa, who is also a graduate of Southwestern. As we have grown older, we have become more than brother and sister, we have become good friends.
"I would like to honor my wife, Kim. I am thankful for her love and support. She is my best friend on this earth and my spiritual partner.
"I hope that this scholarship will help a few students obtain a Christian education at Southwestern. I also hope to see these students in heaven where we will all be part of the family of God.”
Scholarship award requirements
This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior science major and is based on academic achievement, employment, and the recommendations of the Biological Sciences Department.
2020-2021-Chang Hyun Lee
2017-2018 -Eglae Sandoval
2016-2017 - Edwin Arevalo
2015-2016 - Christian Cabrera
2014-2015 - Caitlin Landelius
2013-2014 - Sylvia Vazquez
2011-2012 - Yesenia Gonzalez
2010-2011 - Justin Kistler