Yellow Jackets for Life (YJ4L) is a celebration of the Baldwin Wallace spirit that connects members of the BW community to one another and the institution. It is this spirit that welcomes new students to the University, follows them through their University experience and lasts throughout their lifetime. Yellow Jackets for Life play an important role in the University's success, and preserve the close ties of the community by networking, volunteering, mentoring, recruiting and giving.

Student giving is an important part of the YJ4L philosophy. Several years ago, the Senior Class Gift was transformed into the YJ4th Year Gift which supports the YJ4th Scholarship Fund. Making a gift to this fund is a way for students to celebrate their time at BW, create a lasting legacy on campus and, most importantly, “pay it forward” to help other students. The YJ4th Scholarship Fund provides support to students who have positively contributed to the BW community and who demonstrate financial need.

Thanks to the generosity of BW students and the Eugene and Jean Grippin Fund, 31 scholarships totaling over $59,000 have been awarded to current students through the YJ4th Scholarship Fund. In fall 2019 the YJ4th Scholarship was awarded to two seniors – see below for their bios.

portrait of Idalis Dixon

Idalis is a senior industrial/organizational psychology major with a minor in English. After graduating in Spring 2020 she plans to become a human resource manager. During her time at Baldwin Wallace, she has been employed at the Lou Higgins Recreation Center and has also served as a Jacket Link Bridge Mentor, Student Ambassador and member of the Black Student Alliance. Her experiences at BW have helped her determine that interacting with and helping others in a business setting is her calling.

“Thank you again for your generous support through the YJ4th Year Scholarship. This scholarship will help me in so many ways to become the successful woman I have always dreamt of being. My family and I are very, very appreciative of this generous assistance.”

portrait of Jack Smith

Jack is a senior majoring in political science and history, and will be graduating in Spring 2020. He has worked as a teaching assistant in both departments and as a research assistant for two different professors in political science. Jack also worked with the political science department as a 2019 Summer Scholar, where he was able to gain valuable skills that will prepare him for his future plans to pursue a doctorate in political communications. He has served as the editorial assistant for the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and has presented several research projects at a number of conferences. Beyond academics, Jack’s time at Baldwin Wallace has been filled with leadership roles such as President of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, Student Senate President Pro Tempore and Brain Fellow.

“I am beyond honored and grateful to be the recipient of the YJ4th Year Scholarship. Your gift allows me to fully enjoy and take advantage of all the opportunities during my last year at BW.”