Rachel Timmer graduated from Payson High School a year early in 2005 and wasted no time starting her college education at Cottey College.
She attends Cottey College, a two-year women's liberal arts college in Nevada, Mo.
She graduated a year early because she skipped the fourth grade.
In her junior year at Payson High School,Timmer applied for a scholarship to attend Cottey through the local representatives of Philanthropic Educational Organization, or PEO.
After going through their review process and meeting academic requirements, she was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for the 2005-2006 academic year.
The scholarship awarded to Timmer and other Arizona women by PEO is called the Elizabeth La Force Scholarship.
She said her inspiration to apply for the scholarship and attend Cottey College came from her grandmother.
"I actually was told about the scholarship by my grandmother, who is a member of PEO," Timmer said.
"She had been telling me about Cottey since I was a little girl and she has tried to get all the women in the family to go there."
She said that she is the first woman in the family that her grandmother has been able to convince to attend the college.
Timmer said she will probably go on to a four-year university somewhere after she graduates from Cottey College.
"I'm not sure where I would want to go to school after Cottey yet, but I would like to go into speech therapy as a career," Timmer said.
For more information on scholarships available through PEO, contact Lynne Wayne at 928-472-2230.
For more information on Cottey College, go to: www.COTTEY.edu, or call 1-888-5-cottey.