The first cohort of 14 West Scholars entered Catawba College as first-year students in the fall of the 2007-2008 academic year. These students, who came to Catawba from both inside and outside of the State of North Carolina demonstrated leadership, community involvement and a strong commitment to teaching. Each of them also completed a special application for this scholarship program.
The West Teaching Scholars are so designated in honor of Catawba College alumna, College trustee and former Teacher Education faculty member, Dr. Martha Kirkland West of Salisbury, N.C.
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Catawba’s West Scholars enjoy:
- $2500 in addition to academic scholarships awarded by Catawba with the exception of McCorkle Scholarships.
- An exciting, supportive learning community of peers, business and community leaders, and faculty
- Participation in leadership seminars, community, service, and scholarly researched presentations
- Early field experiences beginning in the freshman year
- Regional travel opportunities and cultural events
- Training in the integration of technology to enhance student learning
- A nationally accredited Teacher Education Program
- A wellness program
- A rich tradition of Teacher Education excellence since 1925
- Strong history of employment after graduation
- Optional international study opportunities such as a summer term in Costa Rica
- Professional development seminars featuring national speakers
- Freshman retreats
- Mentoring program