Two William Woods University students from Hannibal, Erica Begley and Brian Walsh, are recipients of $5,000 scholarships from the Missouri College Fund. Money for the scholarships comes from the George H. Riedel Private Foundation. The scholarships are awarded to students who exhibit high academic achievements.
Missouri Colleges Funds is an organization that assists private colleges and universities in the State of Missouri by working with private donors to secure scholarship opportunities.
Begley is an art education major with an art minor and a concentration in graphic design, and Walsh is a criminal justice/ homeland security major.
A sophomore at William Woods, Begley is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and has helped support the sorority’s cause against domestic violence at a local CARD-V (Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence) shelter. She currently holds a minor office in her sorority and plans to run for an executive position next semester.
Besides her sorority, Begley has also participated in work-study at Fulton Preschool a few hours each week since her freshman year. She is also in the Honors Program on campus, Knowing the Woods Club, Multicultural Club, and the Campus Activities Board. Last spring she received the “Dedication to the Arts” award from the student art show.
Walsh is a junior at William Woods University. He recently joined the campus criminal justice fraternity known as Gamma Alpha Zeta and is also an active member in the Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity.
Walsh has dedicated his time to helping his fraternity with the Michael J. Fox foundation charity. He also participates in numerous highway clean-ups to better the environment. This year, he plans to get involved in the Student Activities Board, as well as start a campus bicycle club.