During the college's Honors Night on April 10, Bagwell received the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which is the largest private scholarship for two-year and students who transfer from community colleges.
The scholarship had 85 finalists selected from 3,705 applications representing 737 community colleges from 48 states, two U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Scholars were selected based on high academic ability and achievements, persistence, leadership and financial need.
Bagwell also received recognition for meeting the criteria to receive an Honors diploma and for Honors Paper of the Year during the ceremony.
On April 11 at the second annual Highlands Gala, Bagwell was also awarded one of two Heritage Honors Scholarships. Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to current honors students and each applicant is required to complete an honors research project culminating in the creation and display of a scholarly poster presentation.
Each project is then evaluated, both for the aesthetic quality of its presentation and the academic quality of its research.
"I am extremely grateful and beyond thrilled to have received these scholarships," Bagwell said. "The award is definitely life changing. I am especially thankful to Dr. Watterson, Dr. Musselwhite, Jayme Feagin and all my professors for their support and encouragement."
Bagwell will graduate in May with an honors diploma, an associate's degree in psychology and another associate's degree in education.
She and her husband Mark live in Cartersville and together have six children. Four of their children are also in college – two at Georgia Highlands, one at Emory University and one at Chattahoochee Technical College.