University of Maryland University College Graduate Named 2008 Outstanding Non-Traditional Student

University Continuing Education Association grants prestigious award to Kulsum Malik for outstanding achievement

By Kerry O'Neill ( |   March 28, 2008

ADELPHI, Md. (Mar. 28, 2008) – UMUC announced today that recent graduate Kulsum Malik will receive the prestigious Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). Malik will be honored this Saturday at UCEA’s 93rd National Conference in New Orleans.

Malik was selected based on her outstanding academic achievements and many extracurricular activities while attending UMUC. During her time at UMUC, Malik contributed through her involvement in many of the university’s programs, serving as student coordinator for UMUC’s online English major club, organizer and contributor to the poetry reading series, and contributor to UMUC’s literary magazine. Most recently, she was a member of the student panel at UMUC’s annual writing conference.

"UMUC is thrilled to have one of its students recognized for achieving academic excellence while being so actively involved in the university community and activities,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “UMUC is dedicated to providing quality higher education and programs for students of all ages and backgrounds who wish to further develop their skills in and outside of the classroom.”

The UCEA Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award recognizes students over the age of 25 for exceptional personal accomplishment in the quest of excellence in education. Earlier, Malik received the 2007 UCEA award for Excellence as Outstanding Continuing Student of the Mid-Atlantic Region, which honors institutional excellence, individual achievement, and contributions to the association and the field of continuing higher education.

While attending UMUC, Malik maintained a 4.0 grade point average and made the National Dean’s List for five consecutive years, despite challenging personal circumstances. Along the way, she earned a number of scholarships, including the Montgomery County Public Schools Retiree Teachers’ Scholarship, the Montgomery College Women’s Studies Scholarship, the UMUC Transfer Scholarship, the UMUC President’s Scholarship, and the University System of Maryland Women’s Studies Scholarship. These scholarships allowed Malik to invest herself in her studies and the full UMUC experience.

The University Continuing Education Association assists institutions of higher learning and affiliated nonprofit organizations to increase access for non-traditional students through a wide array of educational programs and services. UCEA also provides national leadership in support of policies that advance workforce and professional development. Since its inception, the association has been committed to making higher education available to everyone, as well as to ensure that programs and services address societal needs and economic trends.