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Charity Huwe Honored With International Scholarship

What a way to highlight an amazing academic career! Charity Huwe, who graduated Saturday with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, learned two weeks ago that she will receive a Golden Key International Honour Society 2017 Graduate Scholar Award. The scholarship, which carries with it a $10,000 monetary award, is given by Golden Key International, an honor society that promotes the academics, leadership and service of scholars throughout the world.

According to Dr. Jay Bickford, faculty in EIU’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Education, Charity’s award was a special honor because she competed against students from schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, and other universities throughout the world, and won!

She applied for the scholarship in December 2017. “It was so hard,” she said. “I almost didn’t apply. I had to convince myself to finish the application by telling myself that it was the last scholarship I would apply for.” Besides a personal statement, application, resume, and transcript, the program required her to answer a big question: How do you plan to use your post-baccalaureate degree to impact the world through academics, leadership and service?

Here’s a bit of her answer:  “…I see potential in each and every one of the children that enter my classroom. I encourage my students to always be their best. Being your personal best does not compare to others. There is an inner sense of success and fulfillment when working towards goals or achievements…I revert myself back to Michael Jordan’s quote “limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

“Concentrating my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, I have afforded myself the opportunity to further develop my skills in research, scholarship, and service. Additionally, holding the presidency position in Eastern Illinois University’s Graduate Student Advisory Council organization, I have used my leadership skills to effectively collaborate with my peers to have the best graduate program possible...”

A Green Bay WI native, Charity received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from EIU in 2016. At the end of her undergraduate studies, she completed her student teaching requirement by teaching both in Charleston, Illinois and overseas in Oud-Beijerland, The Netherlands.

Next fall, she’ll be a teacher in her own classroom - hopefully in central Illinois. After teaching at the elementary or middle school level for a while, she is considering going back to school someday for her Ph.D.