Written by Molli Slavin, “Roads” Scholar
Hailing from Leawood, KS, Margaret Watermann has made her academic mark at the University of Arkansas. It seems her ambitions know no bounds, as she is a triple major with honors in history, political science and French. The most recent major being added after her summer study abroad trip to Besançon, France at the Centre Linguistique Apliquée. Watermann bolstered her French fluidity through the month-long program and spent a week touring the country with her high school French teacher, whom she has stayed in contact with throughout college. As a result of her shining academic achievements, Watermann has received several grants and scholarships, including the history department’s Certificate of Academic Excellence, the Minna Rosenbaum Divers Memorial Scholarship, the Sturgis Study Abroad Grant and a Scholarship Pearl for earning a 4.0 in her classes. Watermann said, “The Alumni Board of Director’s Scholarship has allowed me to pursue my education at a high degree while taking some of the financial burden from my parents. I am able to go to college without many of the students loans that I would have to pay off later… I am so thankful for the money that I have been given and hope to someday give back to the future students of Arkansas.”
Her only successes are not in the academic field, though. As well as serving as the scholarship chair in the Delta Delta Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, she also is a member of the Mortar Board National Honors Society, Phi Beta Kappa, the National Society of Leadership and Success, Alpha Lambda Delta, Gamma Beta Phi, and is on the ASG Union Advisory Committee. Regarding her induction into Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board, Watermann said, “I have been really pushing myself to do my best, and being recognized by someone other than my parents and friends makes me feel like all my hard work will finally pay off. I really want to make a difference some day and I know that being recognized now will allow me to continue to do my best and succeed in whatever I put my mind to.”
Watermann also pursued an internship with the University’s Office for Education Policy that, through her commitment and hard work, flourished into a part-time job. Assisting the director with the recruitment process for the Arkansas Teacher Corps, the program gives freshly graduated college seniors the opportunity to teach right out of college in undeveloped and impoverished areas in Arkansas. Her work there has also helped the Razor C.O.A.C.H. program, which allows 15 career coaches to obtain placement in 16 schools in the northwest Arkansas area. As a result of her work and dedication, she has proven to be successful, all while helping others obtain their own levels of success.