Dr. Nancy Baird Graduate Student Award in Curriculum and Instruction
Nancy Baird '69 HHD, '94 Ph.D. C I has pledged a bequest of $20,000 to establish the Dr. Nancy Baird Graduate Student Award in Curriculum and Instruction. The award supports graduate students pursuing degrees in Curriculum and Instruction who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.
Nancy has elected to early activate her award. To early activate a bequest, the donor agrees to provide annual support to be used for the purpose of the endowment. By choosing this option, Nancy will experience the impact of her gift during her lifetime, receiving letters from her award recipients and interacting with them at College events.
Nancy's passion for education at Penn State began with her parents, Leonard Baird '41 AG and Anna Olson Baird '41 HHD. Nancy's mother was a home economics major, but considered herself an educator and inspired three of her daughters to become teachers. When her husband passed away in 1996, Nancy's mother established an endowment at Penn State to support undergraduate students in home economics and dairy husbandry in alternating years.
"My commitment and desire to support organizations that are important to me is a family value that I learned from my parents," said Nancy. "Being at Penn State helped me develop a sense of my identity, and that is an important gift that the University gave me. I have to give back."
Nancy's career has included positions in public and higher education, banking, and hospital administration. Throughout her career, Nancy has continued to rely on the philosophy and skills acquired at Penn State in the College of Education. Nancy is currently the Director of the Graduate Program in Professional Education at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio.
Nancy is also the vice president of the board of trustees for Court Community Service, which offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders, and the chair of public radio station WSKU's Community Advisory Council. Since 2001, Nancy has also served as a consultant to the Cleveland Federal Community Leadership Institute, an annual leadership-training program for federal employees.