• UWA introduces first cohort of Tutwiler Scholars

    Posted: September 26, 2016

    Author: Public Relations

    The University of West Alabama has announced the first cohort of its Tutwiler Scholars Program, the newest prestige scholarship program at UWA.

    The first cohort of Tutwiler Scholars includes five first-year and five second-year students.

    “This program was created to attract, reward, and cultivate truly exceptional undergraduates”, said Dr. Lesa C. Shaul, director of the UWA Honors Program and professor of English. “This program features a 10 member cohort of high-achieving, high-potential students who have demonstrated initiative, creativity, intellectual passion and curiosity, and a commitment to making positive contributions to society.”

    The benefits of the program include supplemental scholarships, renewable each fall semester with the maintenance of a 3.5 GPA; a travel stipend for study-abroad semesters; a technology allowance for computers; participation in enriching social, cultural, artistic, and scientific enterprises; and targeted mentoring by UWA professors.

    Anna Holycross of Livingston, Ala., is a Tutwiler Scholar. A sophomore biology comprehensive major, Holycross plans to become a veterinarian.

    Destiny Langford of Hamilton, Ala., is a Tutwiler Scholar. A sophomore general science education major, Langford plans to teach high school science and eventually become a college professor.

    Stephanie Metzler of Oneonta, Ala., is a sophomore Tutwiler Scholar. Metzler, an elementary education major, plans to combine teaching with global outreach and mission work.

    Sarah Miles of Irvine, Calif., is a Tutwiler Scholar. A sophomore integrated marketing communications major, Miles plans on using her degree to become a sportswriter.

    Jade Montgomery of Livingston, Ala., is a Tutwiler Scholar. Montgomery, a junior majoring in biology comprehensive, plans to become a biomedical engineer.

    Caitlyn Muncher of Jasper, Ala., is a freshman Tutwiler Scholar. Muncher, a biology comprehensive major, plans to go into pediatric dentistry.

    Kiersten Schellhammmer of Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a sophomore Tutwiler Scholar. Majoring in biology comprehensive, Schellhammer plans to pursue a doctrine in molecular biology or genetics, with the ultimate goal of becoming an animal geneticist.

    Jack Shiels of Cheshire, England, is a freshman Tutwiler Scholar. Shiels, interested in the social sciences and business, plans to become a sports psychologist or work in the corporate sector of sports management.

    Sophia Thompson of Greenville, S.C., is a Tutwiler Scholar. Thompson, a sophomore majoring in interdisciplinary arts, plans to become a children’s book illustrator.

    Emylee Tull of Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a freshman majoring in athletic training. Tull plans to use her degree to become a physical therapist.


    PHOTO: The first cohort of the Tutwiler Scholars Program at the University of West Alabama was introduced at the September Board of Trustees meeting. Pictured from left to right, UWA Board of Trustees President Jerry Smith, Sarah Miles, Destiny Langford, Kiersten Schellhammer, Sophia Thompson, Stephanie Metzler, UWA President Ken Tucker, Jade Montgomery, Emylee Tull, Caitlyn Muncher, Anna Holycross, and UWA Provost Tim Edwards (Not pictured: Jack Shiels) 

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