WTAMU Student Wins National Essay Contest
Megan Walker, a senior education major at West Texas A&M University, is one of 10 students from across the United States selected for a summer trip to Europe as a recipient of an Educational Foundation (EF) Tours Scholarship.
Walker, the daughter of William and Kathey Walker of Canyon, entered a national essay contest last fall sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi, the national honor society for education majors. The contest covered five different essay topics, all of which dealt with multiculturalism in the classroom.
“I wrote my essay about China and how an international experience could be implemented in the classroom, and the impact it could have on students—especially for ESL and bilingual teachers,” Walker said.
Her scholarship won’t take her to China, but she will take an all-expenses paid trip to Europe June 13-23. She will join the nine other recipients at an orientation in Washington, D.C., before the group heads to Berlin, Germany, for a series of special panel discussions and interactive sessions. The trip will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the EF scholarship recipients will visit museums and participate in a workshop to recreate the Berlin Wall. Other activities include a visit to a local school along with trips to Prague, the Czech Republic and Lucerne, Switzerland.
“I was very surprised when I found out my essay had won,” Walker said. “I was just bored one day and was on my computer and found some information about the contest. I wrote the essay last fall and found out during spring break that I was one of 10 students to win.”
Walker’s essay was just one of hundreds entered in the national contest. She is the only scholarship recipient from Texas, and the other nine represent colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Kansas, Illinois, New York, Nebraska, New Jersey and Florida. She has traveled to several international locations, but this will be her first trip to Germany.
“I’m interested in World War II, and I’ve traveled to Poland so this will be interesting to see the other side of things and how the war was perceived,” Walker said.
Walker is a member of the Attebury Honors Program at WTAMU and a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Circle K International and the President’s Ambassadors. She is a candidate for graduation in December 2009 and hopes to attend graduate school or travel to Ecuador as a Fulbright recipient.