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Baker College of Jackson Awards Scholarships to Hyden, JurackaSeptember 10, 2013
Faculty award goes to Kevin Lindsey
Baker College of Jackson officials have announced the recipients of two scholarships: Bridget Hyden has been awarded the 2013-2014 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship, and Elizabeth Juracka has received the 2013 Program Champion Scholarship, in honor of faculty member Kevin Lindsey, recently designated this year’s Program Champion.
“Both Bridget and Elizabeth have impressively balanced work and family obligations while pursuing their academic goals,” said Patricia A. Kaufman, Ed.D., Baker College of Jackson President. “We’re proud of their achievements.”
The $2,500 Ed Kurtz Scholarship is named for the retired president and CEO of Baker College who exhibited extraordinary service to his neighbors, friends and community throughout his 34 years at Baker College. This scholarship honors students who exemplify Kurtz’s leadership style and serve their communities as leaders and volunteers or balance work, school and family obligations.
Bridget Hyden had worked as a secretary/administrative assistant for nearly 20 years before returning to school full time while keeping her full-time job at Jackson Public Schools (JPS) and maintaining obligations to her family, which includes husband Donald and their five children. She recently earned an associate degree in human resource management with a 3.86/4.00 GPA and is in the accelerated program for a bachelor’s of business administration degree in management. She also plans to earn a master’s degree.
The Jackson-area native is currently leading the implementation of a JPS paperless process program that she developed. It has the potential to save the school district nearly $1 million over the next ten years. Hyden serves on the JPS Quality Data Team and is a speaker and trainer for a variety of subjects.
Elizabeth Juracka, from Jackson, was awarded the $1,000 Program Champion Scholarship in honor of her department chair, Kevin Lindsey, who was named Baker’s Program Champion.
Juracka recently completed an associate degree in human services at Baker College with a 3.31/4.00 GPA and expects to complete a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice next year. A single parent, she participates in Baker’s work-study program and is employed as program coordinator by the Fitness Council of Jackson. She also volunteers as a martial arts and fitness instructor at the Korean Martial Arts Academy of Jackson.
Lindsey works part time for Baker as a faculty member and department chair of the criminal justice program in addition to working full time for the Michigan Department of Corrections as inspector.
“Kevin has done outstanding work in creating our highly regarded criminal justice program during the six years he has been affiliated with Baker College,” Kaufman said. “He is instrumental in mentoring students and helping graduates secure employment, and he recently established our new criminal house where life-like crime scenarios aid in program training.”
Kaufman credits Lindsey for the $26,600 grant from the Jewell Education Fund (JEF) that helped fund the purchase of a house and the costs associated with establishing it as Baker’s criminal house last year. JEF issues an annual grant to support a project that significantly improves the quality of education at an individual Baker College campus.
Baker College of Jackson’s criminal justice programs include certificate programs in 9-1-1 telecommunications and corrections officer, associate degrees in public safety and fire science, and an associate and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
For more information about programs at Baker College of Jackson, contact admissions at 517.788.7800 or email Kevin Pnacek.
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- Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
- Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
- Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
- Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.