During the Honors Night Ceremony at Bainbridge State College, April McNair was honored by the Georgia General Assembly when she was presented with the Academic Recognition Award.
Each year, the members of the General Assembly of the Georgia Legislature recognize college student for their superior academic achievement. All institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG) select a representative on campus. McNair was chosen for the 2015 Academic Recognition Student for Bainbridge State, and Representative Darlene Taylor presented her with a proclamation for her achievement from both the House and Senate.
McNair is not only an outstanding student at BSC, but also a staff member. She has worked at the College for five years and currently, she is employed as the administrative assistant/dispatcher at the BSC Public Safety Department.
She has been the recipient of several scholarships, which include the Walter and Mary Cox Scholarship, Sigma Kappa Delta Scholarship, and the Kermit Bates Scholarship; along with being a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta and Sigma Delta Honor Societies.
At the 41st BSC Commencement Ceremony on May 2, McNair was in the top ten of her class, an Honor Graduate and a finalist for the Outstanding Graduate Award. She received her Associates of Arts with a concentration in Business Administration, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA each semester.
While earning her degree and working at the College full-time, she became a grandmother, planned a wedding, and supported her husband who was diagnosed with cancer during that time.
Her professor, Dr. Jenny Harper said, “April is an extremely impressive woman who can multitask and who does a great job at everything.”
Maintaining a 4.0 GPA, work life and family life can be a difficult task—but McNair persevered and accomplished her goals.
She said, “The best advice I can give anyone going to college and managing their personal life is to be disciplined and prioritize. It’s all well-worth it in the end. I did all of these things and never missed an assignment. I was determined.”
McNair also stressed the importance to utilize the resources Bainbridge State College has available to its students.
“There are many resources available to people going to college,” she said. “I was able to take online classes, classroom courses, and participate with independent study. The resources definitely helped me.”