Blind Ohio State Newark Student Thankful for Scholarship Opportunity
NEWARK, Ohio, June 20, 2017 – The Ohio State University at Newark student Logan Spinks can clearly see a bright future, even though he can’t physically see what is right in front of him. The 19-year old is a freshman from Nashport and is blind. He is pursuing a social work degree so he can help others who face similar struggles in life.
“I want to use my degree to assist others who have disabilities in facing the challenges life has thrown at them,” said Spinks. “I have worked hard to pursue a college degree, and I hope to be able to help others go after their dreams.”
Spinks and his twin brother were born 11.5 weeks premature. Their mother was just 16-years-old at the time. Both boys had a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). The eye disorder primarily affects premature infants weighing about 2.75 pounds or less that are born before 31 weeks of gestation. About 1,100-1,500 infants annually develop ROP that is severe enough to require medical treatment. About 400-600 infants each year in the U.S. become legally blind from ROP.
“The retina is detached from the eye,” said Spinks. “The effect on my brother was not blinding. However, it was with me. We worked with a doctor who was able to reattach my retinas partially, so I have some light perception. But, I am still blind.”
However, Spinks has never let that stop him. He decided to attend Ohio State Newark to get his college degree. Spinks applied for scholarships to help with tuition. Spinks received The Betty J. Krebs Memorial Scholarship which was created in 1974 by G. Alfred Krebs Sr. in memory of his wife. Betty Krebs passed away from cancer. The endowed scholarship benefits one Ohio State Newark student every year.
Spinks recently got an opportunity to meet the Krebs’ children, Jerry Krebs and Karen Krebs Uphouse, on the Newark campus and told them how appreciative he was of the scholarship.
“I just want to thank you,” said Spinks. “The scholarship covered about one third of my tuition. It’s been awesome to get this help.”
Spinks works with the Office of Disability Services on the Newark campus to make sure he has everything he needs in the classroom to be successful. He may eventually transition to the Columbus campus to finish his degree.
Spinks is a trumpet player and would like to play in The Ohio State Marching Band. He learned when speaking with Jerry and Karen that their father, who created his scholarship, played lead trumpet in the band when he was a student at Ohio State.
“That’s so cool,” said Spinks. “It’s amazing we have that connection.”
Jerry and Karen plan to continue funding The Betty J. Krebs Memorial Scholarship. Both are designating money from their estate to the scholarship fund. “I feel we are carrying on what mom and dad wanted,” said Jerry. “It’s honoring what they started. I think education is so important.”
“My mother would be thrilled to know that Logan got the scholarship,” said Karen. “She was very involved in the community. My mom was active in her church and in the early development of the Ohio State Newark campus. Education and helping others were extremely important to her. Knowing that this scholarship helped someone overcome tremendous obstacles to get an education would make her proud.”
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.