Jennifer Evans of Strongsville wrapped up her undergraduate studies at Baldwin Wallace University with the highest GPA in her graduating class. At BW’s 163rd undergraduate commencement ceremony in May, Evans was presented with the Milton T. Baldwin Prize honoring her achievement: earning the top GPA among 813 graduates in the Class of 2016.
Evans also was singled out for the 2013 Outstanding Senior Award, which recognized eight exemplary students who demonstrated outstanding achievement in all areas of their University endeavors including academics, leadership, service, campus involvement and off-campus educational opportunities, such as study abroad, internships and research.
The 2009 graduate of Strongsville High School made the most of her time at BW, conducting cutting-edge undergraduate research and serving as a leader in a variety of organizations. Her rich campus involvement included Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society (President), Student Ambassadors (VP), Pre-Physical Therapy and Exercise Science Club (Secretary), Dance Marathon fundraiser (Morale Committee), Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority (Academic Achievement Chair) and Dayton C. Miller Honor Society.
Evans also found time to compete and win multiple Grand National Championships and World Medals in the sport of competitive jump rope. She focused her Summer Scholars research on the physics of her sport.
Evans, the daughter of Pam and Ken Evans, graduated with a degree in Pre-Physical Therapy and Public Health. She is pictured receiving the Baldwin Prize from BW President Robert C. Helmer and Interim Academic Dean Guy Farish at the May 12 ceremony.
Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,500 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 60 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area. For more information, visit www.bw.edu.