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Norfolk resident Madlyn Baez chosen for 2009 award

Madlyn Baez, TCC Women's Center scholarship winner, is congratulated by Lonnie Schaefer, left, who oversees the Center, and Jane Bennett, who chairs the Center's advisory group.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (May 8, 2009)The Women’s Center of Tidewater Community College announces its 2009 scholarship award winner. Madlyn Baez of Norfolk was selected to receive the Mary Pat Liggio Student Leadership Award. Liggio, who retired last year, was the founding director of TCC’s Women’s Center.

Baez grew up as the seventh of 14 siblings. Raised in New York City housing projects, she has first-hand knowledge of poverty and human suffering. She holds a Certified Nurse Aid certificate from TCC and has completed an associate degree preparing her for transfer to Old Dominion University to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Very active in TCC life, Baez served on the student government team while raising her five children and being involved with church and community. She was awarded TCC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship in 2008 for embodying his principles in her life. Ultimately, through her chosen career field, Baez hopes to improve and strengthen services for those living in poverty.

Baez received the scholarship award at The Women’s Center’s annual leadership breakfast, hosted on May 6 by TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce, with an address by Jody M. Wagner, former state treasurer and secretary of finance.


For more information about The Women’s Center, with offices on each of TCC’s four campuses, visit , or call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit