Mikayla Burton

William Woods awards first “Grow Your Own” scholarship

For the first time, today William Woods University (WWU) awarded its new “Grow Your Own” (GYO) Scholarship to one of its students, part of a new collaborative initiative between WWU and Fulton Public Schools.

Mikayla Burton
Pictured with President Moreland are scholarship recipient Mikayla Burton and Dr. Chris Hubbuch, Assistant Superintendent of Fulton Public Schools

Mikayla Burton, a junior Education major at William Woods, is the recipient of the first-ever GYO Scholarship. Under the terms of the award, she will commit to teaching in Fulton Public Schools for at least four years following graduation from WWU and receive $6,000 toward graduate school tuition. She will also have a unique opportunity to collaborate with Fulton Public Schools in professional development and priority teaching positions, such as substitute teaching and summer school, while she continues to work to earn her degree at William Woods.

“We are pleased to partner with Fulton Public Schools in the Grow Your Own Scholarship, and congratulate Mikayla Burton for being the first recipient,” said Joe Davis, Assistant Professor of Education at WWU. “The Grow Your Own Scholarship is an effective way to identify local teaching talent, provide those individuals with financial assistance for their professional development and continuing education, and promote the placement of quality William Woods Education graduates in the Fulton Public School System.”

Mikayla Burton

William Woods received a $20,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to help the GYO Scholarship. The scholarship is available to any Education major at The Woods who is a graduate of Fulton Public Schools. If selected as the recipient, the winning student must commit to teaching in the Fulton Public School System for a minimum of four years following graduation from William Woods.

For more on the Education major at William Woods, please visit https://www.williamwoods.edu/academics/EducationPrograms/index.html