At the end of every academic year, William Woods University recognizes a select group of its students with the Distinguished Scholar award. Faculty members designate one graduating senior from each program for the honor. While eligibility requires a minimum 3.4 grade point average, faculty also consider other relevant academic factors in the selection process.
“The Distinguished Scholar is a very prestigious award at William Woods, identifying and honoring the top student in each discipline,” said Dr. Aimee Sapp, University Provost and Dean of the undergraduate college.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, 21 seniors were recognized as Distinguished Scholars:
- Accounting: Samantha Riley, Hermann, Mo.
- American Sign Language: Courtney Lawson, Foristell, Mo.
- Art: Madison Crosswhite, O’Fallon, Mo.
- Art Education: Rosemary Lenz, Prairie Home, Mo.
- Biology: Alexandra Gueck, Defiance, Mo.
- Business Administration: Andrew Fyffe, O’Fallon, Mo.
- Cyber Security: Anthony Dickey, Dixon, Mo.
- Elementary Education: Breanna Aldridge, Columbia, Mo.
- Equestrian Science: Yari Rivera Nunez, St. Charles, Mo.
- Equine Administration: Hannah Kuehl, Germantown, Wis.
- Equine General Studies: Molly O’Connell, Overland Park, Kan.
- English: Alex Keller, Antioch, Ill.
- English Education: Breanna Aldridge, Columbia, Mo.
- Exercise Science: Paige Hawkins, Macon, Mo.
- Interpretation Studies in ASL-English: Katy Brumbaugh, St. Louis, Mo.
- Management and Leadership: Caecey Killian, Huntsville, Mo.
- Political/Legal Studies: Nathan Maulding, Farmington, Mo.
- Psychology: Hanna Knipp, Auxvasse, Mo.
- Social Work: Baylee Eckles, Columbia, Mo.
- Secondary Education (English): Abigail Bennett, Jefferson City, Mo.
- Workforce Development: Matthew Wolarik, North Hills, Calif.