Courtney Engle, a senior majoring in elementary education at William Woods University, has received a scholarship from the Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) in recognition of her achievements at WWU. Engle is a resident of Jefferson City and a graduate of Fulton High School.
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.
In addition to Engle, two other William Woods students received the scholarship. They are: Lynne Riedemann of St. Peters and Kylee Weber of St. Louis. All three are elementary education majors. Engle and Riedemann are both getting an emphasis in early childhood education; Weber is completing a minor in theatre.
Engle is active on the William Woods campus, where she has been a member of President’s Twenty, Campus Ambassadors, Student Alumni Council and Hands On Club. She has been extremely involved in Alpha Chi Omega sorority, serving as president, new member educator, chapter relations and standards board, recruitment chair and risk management chair.
She was sophomore, junior and senior class president; a member of Kappa Delta Pi honorary education society; Dean’s List; National Dean’s List, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and outstanding WWU sophomore.
Engle says, “College has been one of the most exciting times I have had in my life. I have had the opportunity to work in the Fulton schools, along with many other school districts. I have had great hands-on experience with young children.”
She adds, “Working with these children has really proven to me that I want to become a teacher. It is a job I look forward to and I can’t wait to get started.”
Upon graduation, she hopes to secure a kindergarten teaching position in the Fulton area. She eventually hopes to open her own preschool or daycare center.
“This has been my dream and plan since I was a young child,” she says.