Outstanding Student Award

The BAAS Outstanding Student Award is given annually at the University Honors Day ceremony in April. It recognizes academic excellence and scholarship among BAAS students.

Faculty members nominate BAAS students for this award at the completion of the fall semester. The awardee is selected by a faculty committee. To be eligible for nomination, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • be a current BAAS major;
  • have completed a minimum of 90 semester credit hours by of the end of the fall semester with at least 18 of those hours completed at UNT; and
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (calculated at the completion of the fall semester prior to the nomination deadline).
Sharon Hirsch, Outstanding BAAS Student for 2013-2014

Sharon Hirsch

The BAAS faculty named Sharon Hirsch the Outstanding BAAS Student for 2013-2014 at UNT Honors Day, an annual event that honors the most accomplished of students, faculty and staff. She lives in Plano and has taken all of her UNT classes online or at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney. Finishing her degree has been a lifelong dream for Hirsch, who returned to school after raising four children and seeing each of them graduate from college. Hirsch also credits her husband, Jim, a career educator and her partner for 39 years, for his support and encouragement in pursuing her goals.

After graduation, Hirsch would like to work for a nonprofit that provides some sort of assistance to women or children. Active in local politics, she is also interested in running for public office some time in the near future.