There's a common trait among all Grantham University students that binds them together: Perseverance. Keep that in mind as we introduce you to Cindy Engleka. She is ever present in her community, an anchor for her family and she's made personal growth a never-ending endeavor. We're proud to honor this inspiring woman as Grantham's Federally Employed Women (FEW) Scholarship recipient for 2017.

Cindy has spent 23 years at the Department of Treasury, taking on "changes and challenges" as they come. One of her best skills is helping others discover and use their own abilities to reach their full potential. In her work life, she's a coach and mentor. In her home life she's the anchor. And Grantham is proud to help Cindy pursue her future.


Cindy is a mother of four and a grandmother of six. She plays full-time caregiver for her husband, who's suffering from health issues, and she took care of her mother, too, before she passed. Cindy has always put her family's needs before her own.

Those duties haven't stopped her from participating in several different groups and organizations. When she's not caring for her family, Cindy is putting her skills to use for a variety of causes. Cindy's been a member of the Western New York Chapter of FEW since its inception. She currently serves as the chapter secretary and bylaws chairperson, and she chaired the 2016 Operation Toyland Drive to support Haven House.

As a Member of the Town of Wheatfield Agricultural Focus Group, Cindy volunteers to help nurture the farming community. The group promotes the industry to inspire young farmers, conduct research studies and address issues to help the farm community succeed.

Last but not least, Cindy shares her time with the St Peter's Lutheran Church women's group to provide support for church members in need.


Serving others is a full-time job for Cindy. It's been a theme of her entire adult life. And now she's getting an opportunity to focus on furthering herself, as well. So what's next for Cindy?

"I feel a Business Degree will help me further my career by giving me means to improve myself and my leadership (and) communication skills," Cindy says. "It is my goal and responsibility to obtain new and state-of-the-art ideas to bring my workplace into the future, as well as myself into a leadership position."

She plans to use the knowledge that comes from a business degree education to help hone her communication skills so she can better convey her ideas.

"I feel that I have a lot to offer and a lot to learn. Continuing education is a way of life in today's fast paced world," Cindy explains.

We're excited to see where Cindy goes from here. She definitely has the skills, talent and attitude for a bright future ahead.


FEW (Federally Employed Women)1 is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 dedicated to supporting women employed by the federal government. The organization is dedicated to promoting equality for women and addressing concerns of women in the Federal workforce.

Grantham University offers a full scholarship to one FEW member to cover tuition, books, software and fees. The applicants complete an essay and must be a member of FEW.


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