Autumn Moss-Strong has known she wanted to be a teacher since sixth grade.
“I loved my teachers,” says the junior education major from Bandon, Oregon. “Now I love watching children grasp a concept. You can see it click in their heads.
Her UO scholarships signal her exceptional academic and leadership potential. Still, she almost left school at the end of her first year.
As a freshman, Autumn liked her classes but felt disconnected from the university community. She considered dropping out. Instead, she joined a sorority.
“Everything changed because I felt like I had people to come home to and responsibilities,” she says, “but I was only able to join because my scholarships save me from needing to work during the academic year.”
Autumn will be debt-free when she enters the UOTeach master’s program in 2020. She looks forward to having her own classroom in 2021.
“I’m very excited to begin my new journey at the UO,” she says. “I really enjoy the sense of community here.”