Clinton Township Awards Ed Kurtz Scholarship to Roxie Armstrong

July 09, 2009

Officials at Baker College of Clinton Township have announced Roxie Armstrong as the recipient of the 2009 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Armstrong 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.

“Roxie’s scholastic achievement and extensive community service involvement made her the ideal candidate for this year’s award,” said Donald R. Torline, Baker College of Clinton Township president.

Armstrong, a full-time student at Baker College of Clinton Township, expects to graduate in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She is an administrative assistant to the pastor at her church, facilitating and coordinating various programs, including clothing drives and community days. Armstrong is also a volunteer coordinator for Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE), a non-profit that helps victims of domestic violence, through appropriate financial tools and resources, to recover from economic misfortune. She is a secretary and group leader for Beginning New, Inc., an organization that provides housing, therapy and support services to recovering addicts.

Armstrong, a Detroit resident, currently carries a 3.74 Grade Point Average (GPA).

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.

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