Vanessa Lane of Vinton, Virginia, has won the Mary Baldwin University Baldwin Online and Adult Programs Amazing Grace Scholarship. The $2,500 award was presented to an Baldwin Online and Adult Programs student who has inspired others by overcoming major adversity.
Carol Douglas of Charlotte, North Carolina, a friend of Mary Baldwin President Cynthia H. Tyson, provided the funding. A wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch, Douglas finished her undergraduate studies as an adult student. Her sister also overcame obstacles to obtain a scholarship and go back to earn her degree.
Ann Alexander, associate professor of history for Baldwin Online and Adult Programs Roanoke and Lane’s advisor, said Lane “had a magnificent first semester and has impressed her professors and her fellow students with her ability to use her personal tragedies to build a new life. When she arrives for class in the evenings, she in truth appears radiant and exhibits amazing grace.”
Said Lane: “My Mary Baldwin experience has been the stuff that fairy tales are made of, and my love for learning seems to grow exponentially with every passing day. After so many years wondering where I might fit, the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs program has been quite like coming home.”
Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.