JACKSON, Mich. – Baker College of Jackson officials have announced Sarah Algaradi as the recipient of the 2012 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Algaradi received a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to a Baker College student who demonstrates academic achievement and either a commitment to community service or a successful balance of work, family and school obligations.
“Sarah has demonstrated academic achievement while balancing family and work obligations,” said Patricia A. Kaufman, Ed.D., Baker College of Jackson president. “We are very pleased to present the 2012 Ed Kurtz scholarship to Sarah this year."
In addition to supporting her family, Algaradi works part time at Legg Middle School in Coldwater. She is an English language learner support assistant, helping "English as a second language" students translate information and understand lessons and homework assignments. She was recommended for the Ed Kurtz scholarship by the principals at Legg Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School.
A Coldwater resident, Algaradi is working toward a bachelor's degree in business administration – accelerated program. She currently maintains a 3.40 Grade Point Average (GPA) and has been taking an average of 23 credit hours per quarter for the past six quarters. Algaradi plans to graduate from Baker College of Jackson winter 2013.
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.
The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a nonprofit higher education institution, serving more than 40,000 students on 12 campuses and in three satellite locations. Baker grants certificates and associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in business, health sciences, education and human services, and various technical fields, as well as a doctorate of business administration. As a career college, the Baker College system is pleased to report that 97 percent of its available graduates are employed. For more information about Baker College, please check out our website atwww.baker.edu.