Woods University student Taylor Oestreich of Fulton, Mo., is the recipient of
the 2011 Commerce Bank Scholarship for $937 from Missouri Colleges Fund
(MCF). This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated contributions
to their school.
universities in Missouri by working with private donors to secure scholarship
graduated in 2010 from Fulton High School, where he participated in several
organizations, including the soccer team, National Honor Society and Hi-Step. He
spent his free time coaching basketball for Special Olympics.
into his junior year at William Woods University, Oestreich is majoring in special
I first started school, I was an undecided major. One of my buddies told me,
‘Pick a profession that you know you will love. Look at it as if it is your
hobby. If you love what you’re doing, it will feel like you never worked a day
in your life.’ The second he said that, I knew special education was the field
I wanted to go into,” Oestreich said.
says the youngsters he coached in Special Olympics made him want to spend his
life working with children who are not as fortunate as others. He says they
teach him how to be respectful and enjoy the small things in life.
Still a coach for Special Olympics, Oestreich also is a
member Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity at WWU. As philanthropy chair, he
helps raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Last year he was named one
of the three Outstanding Freshmen of the Year.