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2010 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship Recipients Announced

July 13, 2010

Officials at Baker College have announced the recipients of the 2010 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award.

Baker College established this scholarship in 2004 in honor of Ed Kurtz, retired president and CEO of Baker College. Kurtz, a dynamic leader whose vocabulary does not include the word “impossible,” also exhibited extraordinary service to his neighbors, friends and community throughout his 34 years at Baker College. The Ed Kurtz Scholarship fund honors the efforts of Baker students who exemplify Ed’s leadership style and who serve their communities as leaders and volunteers or balance work and family obligations.

Allen Park
Tica Davis is the Allen Park recipient of the 2010 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Davis received a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to a Baker student who demonstrates academic achievement and either a commitment to community service or a successful balance of work, family and school obligations.

“Tica maintains an outstanding scholastic record while balancing work, community and family obligations,” said Aaron J. Maike, Baker College of Allen Park president. “She has certainly earned this scholarship.”

Davis, a full-time student at Baker College of Allen Park, expects to graduate in the 2011/2012 school year with a bachelor’s degree in health services administration. A wife and mother of three children, she works full time at Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP) as a liaison for the claims investigation and assessment department. Davis is also a volunteer in a reading program for children attending Detroit Public Schools. A Southfield resident, she currently carries a 3.54 Grade Point Average (GPA).

Auburn Hills
Christina Deim is the Auburn Hills recipient of the 2010 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Deim received a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to a Baker student who demonstrates academic achievement and either a commitment to community service or a successful balance of work, family and school obligations.

“Christina maintains an outstanding scholastic record while balancing work, community service and family obligations,” said Jeff Love, Baker College of Auburn Hills president. “She has certainly earned this scholarship.”

Deim is currently a junior at Baker College of Auburn Hills, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She works full-time as a pre-kindergarten teacher at the Pee Wee Patch Child Development Center in Lapeer, and is the nursery coordinator at the Oxford Methodist Church. A recent first-time homeowner, Deim also helps take care of her 2-year-old brother.

Natalie Campbell, Baker College of Auburn Hills early childhood education department chair, holds Deim in high regard. “Christina is genuine, hard-working, caring, thoughtful, nurturing, enthusiastic, and possesses a great sense of humor,” said Campbell.

Deim, a Lapeer resident, currently carries a 3.62 Grade Point Average (GPA).

Cadillac
Nicole Larr is the recipient of the 2010 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Larr received a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to a Baker student who demonstrates academic achievement and either a commitment to community service or a successful balance of work, family and school obligations.

“Nicole has maintained an outstanding scholastic record while balancing family and work obligations,” said Robert Van Dellen, Ph.D., Baker College of Cadillac president. “She is certainly deserving of this scholarship.”
Larr graduated magna cum laude (3.73 grade point average) from Baker College of Cadillac, earning an associate degree in early childhood education. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Baker’s Cadillac campus. A full-time student, Larr is a single mother of three young children and works in the Great Start Readiness Program in Mesick, where she prepares pre-school children for kindergarten. Larr, a Cadillac resident, also worked at the Baker College of Cadillac Learning Center for more than four years.

“Nicole delivered the highest level of customer service while working in the Learning Center,” said Tammy Kangas, Baker College of Cadillac Learning Support Services director. “She was always very organized, friendly and helpful toward our students and staff.”

Clinton Township
Shannon Wolf is the Clinton Township recipient of the 2010 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Wolf received a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to a Baker student who demonstrates academic achievement and either a commitment to community service or a successful balance of work, family and school obligations.

“Shannon maintained an outstanding scholastic record and is highly dedicated and committed to community service,” said Donald R. Torline, Baker College of Clinton Township president. “She has certainly earned this scholarship.”

Wolf graduated from Baker College of Clinton Township this spring with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. Wolf’s list of community activities includes volunteering at Sunday school at her church, where she supports the primary teacher and helps the youth group plan functions and raise funds. She also assists the counselors at a pregnancy center, and is a counselor at a summer camp, where she works with underprivileged children.
A Shelby Township resident, Wolf graduated from Baker College of Clinton Township with a 3.64 Grade Point Average (GPA).

Flint
Tina Larsen is the Flint recipient of the 2010 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Larsen received a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to a Baker student who demonstrates academic achievement and either a commitment to community service or a successful balance of work, family and school obligations.

“Tina has maintained an outstanding scholastic record while balancing family and community service obligations,” said Julianne T. Princinsky, Ed.D., Baker College of Flint president. “She has certainly earned this scholarship.”

Larsen, a full-time student at Baker College of Flint, expects to graduate in spring 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Married with three children, she is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Society, a national honor and service organization that recognizes and promotes academic excellence. Through Gamma Beta Phi, Larsen has been involved in several community service projects, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, a youth mentoring organization. She also volunteers at her children’s school. Larsen, a Grand Blanc resident, currently carries a 3.95 Grade Point Average (GPA).

Jackson
Stacey Gill is the Jackson recipient of the 2010 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Gill received a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to a Baker student who demonstrates academic achievement and either a commitment to community service or a successful balance of work, family and school obligations.

“Stacey has maintained an outstanding scholastic record while balancing family and work obligations,” said Patricia A. Kaufman, Ed.D., Baker College of Jackson president. “She is certainly deserving of this scholarship.”

Gill, a part-time student at Baker’s Jackson campus, will graduate winter 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She works at the Jackson Small Business Service.

“Stacey is an outstanding individual who is very respectful and professional,” said Jenni DuBois, Baker College of Jackson financial aid director. “In fact, her current employer indicated that she did such an outstanding job while an intern, that they offered her a full-time position upon completion of her internship.” A Springport resident, Gill currently carries a 3.92 Grade Point Average (GPA).

Port Huron
Tanya Mathis is the Port Huron recipient of the 2010 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Mathis received a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to a Baker student who demonstrates academic achievement and either a commitment to community service or a successful balance of work, family and school obligations.

“Tanya has maintained an outstanding scholastic record while balancing community service and family obligations,” said Connie Harrison, Ph.D., Baker College of Port Huron president. “She is certainly deserving of this scholarship.”

Mathis, a full-time student at Baker’s Port Huron campus, will graduate December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in information technology security. She is a single mother of two daughters and has been actively involved in Sanilac County’s 4-H program for 15 years. A Croswell resident, she currently carries a 3.83 Grade Point Average (GPA).

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