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Teacher Education Program Awards 1st Cox Scholarship

Rocky Mount, N.C.— The Teacher Education Program at North Carolina Wesleyan College recently announced the recipient of the first annual Taunja Cox College Scholarship created to assist a student majoring in special education.

Megan McIntyre, a senior who is working toward a double major in elementary education and special education, received this year’s award in the amount of $1,500.  The selection was based on McIntyre’s outstanding academic record and her demonstrated commitment to developmentally disabled students.

The Taunja Cox College Scholarship Foundation was established by Glinda Williams in honor of her disabled daughter, who was diagnosed as developmentally disabled at the tender age of 18 months.  Now an adult, Taunja Cox has overcome many challenges to achieve a high level of independence.  With strong family support and the guidance of special education curriculum in the Kinston City School System, she persevered to graduate from Kinston High School in 1995.

Since leaving high school, Cox has participated in work programs, volunteered at local day care and Head Start centers, assisted at nursing homes, and attended compensatory education classes at Lenoir Community College.  She is a member of the Kinston Civitan Organization and regularly attends Jumping Run Church.  Her family is proud of her many accomplishments.

Williams and Cox presented the award to McIntyre during a special program held in the NCWC Teacher Education Resource Room.  The agenda included a demonstration of classroom technology, refreshments, and remarks from Carylon Phillips, president of the Wesleyan Chapter of the Student NC Association of Educators, NCWC President James Gray, and others.

Individuals can get information about this scholarship by mail:  Taunja Cox College Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 2345, Kinston, North Carolina 28502.

North Carolina Wesleyan College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Dedicated to its mission of preparing students for professional advancement, life-long learning and responsible participation in their communities, the College currently supports locations in Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, RTP and Wilmington.  For more information, please visit