QU Scholarship Winners 2020
When Western Catholic Union created the QU/WCU Scholarships three years ago, we knew we would be part of shaping the future. But we had no idea that 2020 would look like this.
This week at Quincy University, Christa Dowil of New London MO, Heather Meyers of Shelbyville MO and Mark Maguire of Washington MO start a school year unlike any other.
The three winners each receive $2,000, and a chance to seize the moment. “I’m pretty excited because I think I can make a difference in teaching, so I am hoping to explore and make more of a difference in the lives of students, especially during this time,” Heather Meyer said. “It’s hard to find out what’s going to be acceptable, so I’m going to take it upon myself to make sure I can do the best with the students in the future.”
Mark Maguire is playing golf this year for the Hawks, and wasn’t sure if he would get to compete. “I didn’t even think I was going to be coming to college just because of the corona virus situation, so I am blessed to be able to come here,” he said. “When I got here on campus I was told that golf is one of the three sports that gets to play at the University during the fall season. I’m actually pretty excited. Classes, on the other hand, I’m a little nervous about, but I’m excited for the experience.
Christa Dowil is back for her third year at QU. As part of the selection for this scholarship, students are asked to continue to volunteer their time in charity work. Christa is excited about returning to the whole college experience. “I feel so blessed, honestly, to be able to come here every day, anyways,” she said.
“The fact that I get to do it this year with so much uncertainty going on around the world, it’s just one more thing in my life that I have to be thankful for. I know I’m going to look back and say “Thank goodness that QU let us do that – even if it’s only for a few weeks and we get shut down again. It’s also really awesome that we have the opportunity to go online if we need to and still be able to learn in a way that we need to to pursue our career paths.”
The three students were presented their scholarship checks by Linda Moore, a member of the WCU Board of Trustees and former member of the QU Board of Trustees.
Applications for the QU/WCU scholarships are due in mid-January, with the selections announced in the spring.