Osborn Student Wins Prestigious Faculty Award

Alan Arthur, a senior at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., received the Faculty Award at the university’s academic convocation April 21. Arthur is the son of William and Carol Arthur of Osborn, Mo.

The Faculty Award is given to the graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude “who, in the estimation of the faculty of William Woods, has shown exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind.”

Arthur also received the Distinguished Scholar Award in biology. According to Mary Spratt, professor of biology, who nominated him for the Faculty Award, “Alan Arthur well represents the ideal William Woods student.”

He will receive a B.A. with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and physical science this May, after only three years in college. Coming to William Woods University as a McNutt Scholar, he has been an honor student and maintained a high G.P.A. throughout college.

Arthur has been accepted into the Pharm.D. program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. He received a score in the 95th percentile in the national PCAT exam, with a perfect score in the math portion.

During his undergraduate career, Arthur has also been a Community Assistant, a member of the WWU varsity baseball team, a member of President’s 20 and a tutor (without pay) for biology students.

In addition, he has continued to manage his own registered Black Angus herd of cattle, and his own seed corn business, as well as working on the family farm and for other farmers during college. According to Spratt, Arthur has totally financed his own education through scholarships and hard work.

“Alan is highly respected by faculty and students alike for his intelligence, his sense of responsibility, his kindness and his integrity,” Spratt added.