WWU Students Receive Missouri Colleges Fund Scholarships

John Ford of Fulton, Mo., is one of four William Woods University students who have received scholarships from the Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) in recognition of their accomplishments at WWU.

Money for Ford’s scholarship came from Monsanto, which provided $24,000 to the Missouri Colleges Fund to fund scholarships at each of the 13 MCF-member independent colleges and universities. The funds were restricted to seniors who plan to teach science or mathematics in a public school in Missouri upon graduation.

Other students receiving MCF scholarships are:

Trevor York, a business major from Springfield, Mo., who received an Edward Jones scholarship.

Shanna Lonsberry, an elementary education major from Elsberry, Mo., who received a Citigroup scholarship.

Nicole Devenport, an education major from Huntsville, Mo., who also received a Citigroup scholarship.

Ford will graduate from William Woods University in May of 2006 with a baccalaureate degree in unified sciences with a secondary education certificate. This will allow him to teach biology, chemistry, physics and earth science at the high school level. He also has a second major in history.

Before beginning his studies at WWU, Ford spent 22 years in the Ohio National Guard and the U.S. Navy, and received several medals. He and his wife, Anita, have two daughters, Kaitlin and Shona.

At WWU, Ford has been a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, member, and the Cultural Diversity committee.

Ford has also been involved in the university’s Mentor/Mentee program, conducting research over the past two years into the experiences of local World War II veterans. The research will be forwarded to the Library of Congress for inclusion in the Veterans’ History Project as part of the American Folklife Center’s collection, where the information will be made available for other researchers.

Also active in his community, Ford serves as a Girl Scout troop leader. He is a member of the South Callaway R-II School District’s Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) and serves on the fund-raising committee.

Ford helped form the Partners in Produce, a nonprofit organization working under the umbrella of SERVE, Inc. in Callaway County in an effort to provide fresh produce to the needy families of the county, along with educational programs designed to assist those families to start vegetable gardens of their own.

He has also participated in Step Up To Leadership through the central Missouri Counties Human Development Corporation.