Quincy University and Western Catholic Union (WCU) have announced senior Hannah Meyers of Shelbyville, Mo. as the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship.

Meyers is an elementary education major and will student-teach in the spring. After a pandemic year, she is thankful to be able to work in area classrooms. She is also excited to learn how to use a newly installed Smartboard in the QU simulated education classroom.

“My experience has been positive here at QU,” said Meyers. “The faculty has been great, and I’ve learned so much.”

She hopes to return to Missouri to teach full-time after graduation. Meyers is eager to start her teaching career, and her dream is to teach in a second or third-grade classroom.

“I’m ready,” said Meyers. “I already have a theme picked out for my future classroom. I’ve been creating and collecting things for it the past several years.”

In August 2018, QU and WCU unveiled a program to offer annual $2,000 scholarships for students attending QU. This competitive scholarship program involves a written essay and application. Recipients of the scholarship are required to help organize a fundraiser or community project in conjunction with a local WCU branch office. This scholarship program exemplifies QU’s Franciscan tradition of reaching out in service to those in need.

“Quincy University appreciates the WCU’s continued support of our institution by investing in our students. Hannah is sure to make both QU and the WCU proud through her service contributions in the coming year,” said Brittany Weise, M.A., director of admissions.

Western Catholic Union is a fraternal benefit society and has been headquartered in Quincy since 1877. WCU’s 21 branches are located in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin, and this scholarship program will be promoted in those areas. WCU’s mission is to attend to the fraternal, financial and spiritual well-being of the members of the Western Catholic Union by offering them the greatest number of social and spiritual opportunities possible and to keep our members safe and secure with the best insurance products available.

“Our business is helping our members look to the future and plan for their financial needs,” said Steve Looten, vice president of fraternal activates and communications at Western Catholic Union. “In Quincy, the future lies with our students, and we are excited to partner with Quincy University to offer help to future leaders in our community.”

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a small Catholic university emphasizing the sciences, liberal arts and the professions. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate and adult education programs integrating practical experience and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with students to design customized success plans to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. QU is a member of NCAA Division II for intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or communityrelations@quincy.edu. Quincy University. Success by Design.