portrait of Taylor Bell

Wentzville resident wins prestigious academic award from William Woods University

Taylor Bell, a senior at William Woods University (WWU) and a resident of Wentzville, was honored with a prestigious academic award from the University as part of its year-end Co-Curricular Awards. At the end of each academic year, WWU recognizes a select group of graduating seniors who have achieved excellence in academic, co-curricular and service projects during their time at the University.

Bell, who graduated this Spring with honors with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice, received the Faculty Award from the University.

The Faculty Award is the highest award given to a student by the University each year. It is presented to the 2023 graduating senior who, in the estimation of the faculty of the University, has evidenced exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind. In order to be eligible, the student must be a graduating senior who has completed a minimum of 60 hours through William Woods University and has a minimum 3.75 grade point average.

While at WWU, Bell was a member of the Owls’ softball team, Omicron Delta Kappa, student alumni council, Psi Chi and Alpha Phi sorority. She completed three research projects resulting in five national conference presentations, and also completed two internships in the field of mental health. Bell was also American Midwest Conference (AMC) academic all-conference three times, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) scholar-athlete twice, and National Fellowship of Christian Athletes (NFCA) scholar-athlete three times.