Two Alumni Awarded STEMM Teaching Fellowships

by Beth Ford, Assistant Director of Public Relations

The Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation named the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. Recipients were awarded based on their talent and commitment in the STEMM-science, technology, engineering, math and medicine-fields. Two Cedarville University alumni were among those awarded at the Ohio Statehouse on June 30, 2014.

Preston Godbold, a 2011 graduate, from Dayton, Ohio and Matthew Williams, a 2014 graduate, from Xenia, Ohio both received the award.  The Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship recruits top-quality, candidates to teach in high-need Ohio schools. The fellows chosen receive a $30,000 stipend allowing them to complete a master’s program at one of seven Ohio universities, and then commit to teach in an Ohio school for three years.

Godbold and Williams have both chosen The University of Dayton to attend for their year of continuing education. While at Cedarville, Goodbold studied Molecular and Cellular Biology and Williams graduated with a degree in Physics. Their undergraduate, science backgrounds from Cedarville University have prepared them for this STEMM-science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine- teaching fellowship and the challenges they may face teaching science in a high-need Ohio school. 

“The Woodrow Wilson Fellows will bring additional firepower to one of the most noble professions,” Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey said. “It is crucial that students in our high-need schools have only the best and brightest teachers to help them prepare for the future, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellows fit the bill. With all of our efforts at the Board of Regents to ensure that Ohio’s students are prepared for the workforce, particularly in STEMM and other high-demand fields, the importance of their work cannot be overstated.” 1

The foundation launched in 2010, and has since then awarded 288 Fellows in the state of Ohio. The foundation is based in Princeton, New Jersey and is administered in five states–Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Georgia.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for more than 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at

1(Source:The 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows news release)