Imperial Resident Receives Missouri Colleges Fund Scholarship

Tara Turner, an elementary education major at William Woods University, has received a scholarship from the Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) in recognition of her achievements at WWU. The Imperial, Mo., resident will graduate in May.

Money for the scholarship came from the Citigroup Foundation. Citing a desire to invest in education in the State of Missouri, the Citigroup Foundation provided a grant of $75,000 for the Missouri Colleges Fund to help in the fund’s efforts to address the severe shortage of qualified teachers across the state.

The grant, which was secured locally by the Citigroup Leadership Council, provides need-based financial aid to outstanding education students at the 12 MCF member independent colleges and universities. The funds were restricted to senior education students intending to go into teaching in a public school upon graduation.

A 2001 graduate of Seckman Senior High school, Turner was a pitcher for the varsity softball team. She continued her love for softball at William Woods, where she was a pitcher and earned academic all-conference honors while playing for the Owls her freshman year.

Turner is the treasurer of Kappa Delta Pi educational honor society. Academics have been a top priority for her throughout her years at William Woods. She has made both the WWU’s Dean’s List and the National Dean’s List several times.

“I am very anxious and excited to see what kind of adventures my future has to offer,” Turner comments.