Emily Rucker with a special education student

Emily Rucker, BSEd '17:
Showing Love

Q: Why did you want to be a teacher?

I chose to be a teacher because I want to love, empower, and encourage students. I have been given such a passion for it.

Q: How does having a scholarship help you achieve your goals?

Having the Hannah Marie Gilliland Memorial Scholarship allows me to focus 100 percent of my time and efforts on school and the special needs community in the Waco area.

Having three siblings in college was not easy on my parents. Having a scholarship provides me with the opportunity to focus fully on my degree and gives my parents [as well as myself] security.

It means so much. It is such an overall honor and blessing to receive a scholarship, especially from others who have a passion for education like myself.