Family and friends of Franklin College alumna Nancy Drake Spiker have established the Nancy Drake Spiker Memorial Endowed Scholarship, a $50,000 scholarship to benefit academically promising students at Franklin College with financial need.
Nancy Drake Spiker, a lifelong resident of Franklin and 1969 graduate of Franklin College, passed away on June 29, 2018. As the daughter of two Franklin College alumni, she grew up immersed in the Franklin College community. As a student, she flourished in both her academic work and as a loyal member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Nancy served for several years as a substitute teacher and as an assistant in various medical offices in the community. She held several leadership roles in Delta Delta Delta’s Alumnae Chapter in Franklin and regularly invited undergraduate women in the sorority to her home near campus.
Her husband, John Spiker, a 1968 alumnus of the college, is currently retired after spending 45 years as a teacher at Union Elementary School in Franklin. He led the effort to establish an endowed fund in Nancy’s name alongside her sister, Linda Kenny, a 1965 Franklin College alumna. Kenny, a resident of Canton, New York, was the lead donor to the memorial scholarship.
“What appealed to us about it was the fact that it is permanent,” Spiker said about the fund’s conception. “Nancy was destined to go to Franklin College. She would be very pleased if this scholarship goes to students who otherwise couldn’t afford to go to Franklin and who are ready to take advantage of all the college has to offer.”
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
Written by: Pulliam Fellow Erica Irish ’21
POSTED Dec 11, 2018