KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Goddard Systems, LLC, manager of The Goddard School franchise system, the nation’s leading premium early childhood education provider, congratulates Katie Engels as the 2023 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship winner. Now in its 15th year, this $10,000 scholarship is granted annually to a graduating high school senior who successfully completed a Goddard School pre-k or kindergarten program. The recipient must demonstrate the work ethic, perseverance and commitment to the community that exemplifies Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system. Engels is a 2011 kindergarten graduate from The Goddard School of Piscataway.
“Katie’s steadfast dedication to helping others truly stood out among all of the superb applications we received and we are thrilled to name her the 2023 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship recipient,” said Dennis R. Maple, Chairman and CEO of Goddard Systems. “Katie is committed to making the world a better place, and on behalf of the entire Goddard community, we are honored to be a part of her educational journey.”
Engels, an incoming freshman at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, is focused on helping her community thrive. She works as a lifeguard and swim instructor for children with special needs and volunteers with numerous local organizations. At West Chester, she plans to major in nursing and looks forward to a fulfilling career that will enable her to continue assisting those in need.
“At The Goddard School, I learned how to be creative, how to learn and, most importantly, how to be kind to others,” said Engels. “I will always cherish the solid foundation of loving support that I received and will use the lessons I learned to care for others in the future. I’m forever grateful that I experienced what Goddard has to offer.”
Engels is a 2023 graduate of Piscataway High School. In addition to the work in her community, she is a member of the National Honors Society, World Language National Honors Society and Science National Honors Society. She was also the captain of her school’s varsity swimming and gymnastics teams.
“When she was here, Katie was a very determined and self-motivated student who knew what she wanted to accomplish,” said Laura O’Donnell, owner of The Goddard School of Piscataway. “I remember her kindergarten teacher saying how sweet, caring and determined she is, and I can’t wait to see the good she continues to do in this world.”
For more information about the Goddard School and the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, please visit GoddardSchool.com.
ABOUT GODDARD SYSTEMS, LLC
Established in 1988, Goddard Systems, LLC, is the manager of The Goddard School® franchise system. The Goddard School is the acknowledged leader in the premium early childcare and education market segment. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Goddard Systems has been consistently named one of the top childcare franchises in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times. Goddard Systems currently licenses more than 600 Goddard School franchises that serve more than 90,000 students in 37 states and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit goddardschoolfranchise.com.
ABOUT THE GODDARD SCHOOL®
Learning for fun. Learning for life.®
Children learn best through experience. For 35 years, The Goddard School has employed academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.
The distinctive structure positions schools to support the needs of families and helps ensure that children are known and appreciated for their individual talents and personalities. The Goddard School’s F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) helps children explore and discover their interests in a safe, nurturing environment. And a team of acknowledged experts in various fields of early childhood education guides the course of study.
Additionally, this program has earned Cognia Accreditation and Middle States Corporate Accreditation for creating policies, programs and standards that help franchised locations meet high standards in early learning, child development and childcare. The Goddard School serves more than 90,000 students from six weeks to six years old in more than 600 Goddard Schools in 37 states and Washington, D.C. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit GoddardSchool.com.