Bay College Faculty Association Announces First Scholarship Recipients
Full-time faculty members of the Michigan Education Association (MEA) at Bay College are proud to announce the first-ever recipients of the newly established Faculty Association Scholarship. The Faculty Scholarship was established to recognize both the academic achievement and the often unmet financial need of current Bay College students. In doing so, it also serves to increase student retention at Bay College. The fund provides two student scholarships of $500 each per year that will be awarded to current students who return to Bay College in the Fall semester.
Kaitlyn Hardwick and Brooke LaBumbard were selected by the Faculty Association as the first recipients of the award. Kaitlyn Hardwick is a returning player for both the Norse Women’s Basketball team and the Norse Softball team. Majoring in Elementary Education, Kaitlyn is a member of the MEA-affiliated Aspiring Educators Club, and currently holds a 3.6 G.P.A. at Bay College.
Brooke LaBumbard is currently working toward completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program in order to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Brooke has experience working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). In addition to maintaining a 3.2 G.P.A. at Bay College, Brooke has been actively involved with helping local 4-H clubs.
To be eligible for the award, students must have completed 24 or more Bay College credits with a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher, and have applied for Bay College Scholarships. The Faculty Scholarship is unique in that the selection occurs after the regular scholarship award process has been completed. Faculty select their recipients from a pool of students who still have some unmet financial need not yet covered by other scholarships or financial aid.
Faculty Association Scholarship Committee Chair, Molly Campbell, explained the purpose of this process. “The Faculty Association wanted to design a distinctive scholarship that would reward our wonderful current students who are still working hard to complete their degrees at Bay College. We are so proud of these students and all they have accomplished while at Bay, and we really want to ensure that they have the opportunity to stay and finish their Bay College degrees.”