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Baker College student awarded Dianne Addington Community Leadership Scholarship (10/24/16)

Published 10/24/2016

CONTACT: Nicole Chirco

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$2,000 award honors former CEO of Auburn Hills-based Genisys Credit Union

Photo Cut Line: Peter W. Karsten, Ph. D., CPA, Baker College of Auburn Hills president, Dianne Addington Scholarship recipient Pauline Rayes, and Jackie Buchanan, Genisys Credit Union president and CEO

CEO presenting checkAUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Baker College’s Auburn Hills campus has announced that Pauline Rayes, of Warren, has been awarded the 2016 Dianne Addington Community Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

"Pauline Rayes is a shining example of our many students who balance family, work, and school responsibilities while still making time to contribute to their communities," said Peter W. Karsten, Ph.D., CPA, Baker College of Auburn Hills president. "We’re proud Pauline chose to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Baker College and appreciative of Genisys Credit Union and its ongoing support of our students through the Dianne Addington Scholarship."

Genisys Credit Union funds the annual award in honor of its former president and CEO, Dianne Addington, who retired in 2010. She served on many community boards throughout her career, including Baker College of Auburn Hills Board of Regents.

Jackie Buchanan, Genisys Credit Union president and CEO, said, "This scholarship is as much a tribute to Dianne’s belief in the strength of Baker College’s quality career programs as it is a tangible investment in the future success of our community."

Rayes earned an Associate of Business in paralegal at Baker College’s Clinton Township campus in 2008. She returned to Baker College in 2015 to pursue a bachelor’s in legal studies at the Auburn Hills campus and anticipates graduating in 2018. She plans to work as a paralegal for a law firm.

The married mother of two works full time as an office manager and volunteers part time at her church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chaldean Catholic Church, Warren. This includes teaching catechism year-round and serving as the lead instructor for traditional Aramaic/Chaldean hymns and prayers for the Communion classes. She also conducts the children’s English choir and assists with parish events, creating religious displays and cleaning.

Rayes has been named to the Baker College dean’s list and maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

"I have been blessed in sustaining a balanced life that includes family, school, work and volunteering," said Rayes. "This scholarship will help me achieve a goal I’ve had since I was little – graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree – and allow me to continue to give back as a volunteer."

For information about Baker College business administration programs, contact Nicole Chirco in the admissions office at or 248.340.0600, or visit

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. Baker College has on-ground campuses in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,

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