Kayla Ahrens of Martinsburg, Mo., is the recipient of a scholarship from Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) in recognition of her efforts and achievements at William Woods University.
Money for the $1,125 scholarship came from Edward Jones, which donated $18,000 to provide scholarships to students attending one of the 16 MCF-member campuses.
To be eligible for the Edward Jones Spring Outstanding Business-Related Scholarship, students must be enrolled in a business-related, degree-seeking program and must be considered outstanding because of activities and achievements at the university. Professors Brenda Popp and David Forster submitted her name for the award.
Ahrens is a junior at William Woods, seeking a double major in accounting and business administration. She is employed both on and off campus, as a work study assistant for the business division at William Woods and as a unit clerk at the Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo.
She is a member of many campus organizations, including College DECA and her sorority, Chi Omega, where she is on the recruitment committee team and serves as the correspondence chair. She also aided in establishing an Investment Club, a new organization on the WWU campus, and she is currently the secretary.
Ahrens is also active in the community, where she enjoys participating in church and community activities such as Relay-for-Life and assisting Chi Omega in fundraising for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
She hopes to continue her education after graduation, and pursue her master’s degree. She hopes to one day combine her interest for finance and accounting by working as a financial analyst or chief financial officer in corporate sector.