Lynne Riedemann, 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 native of St. Peters will graduate May 8.
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.
Riedemann is active on the William Woods campus, where she participates in President’s Twenty, University Ambassadors, Leader Scholars and Recreational Outdoor Club. She also is involved with Lutheran Student Fellowship on the local, regional and national levels, currently serving as national vice president.
She is majoring in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood education. In addition, she is obtaining minors in history and American Sign Language interpreting.
Riedemann says, “I have had a desire to be a teacher from an early age, which was spurred in part to both my parents being teachers. I have a love for teaching children and anticipate the day in which I will be able to have my own classroom.”
She adds, “I am enjoying and learning valuable information in my student teaching classroom. I have gained important knowledge on how to handle a classroom and work with students who have diverse needs. I love to see my students finally understand concepts or remember ideas that we have studied weeks ago. This is one of my favorite parts of teaching.”