Empowering a passion to help others
With both parents serving the Appalachian region in the nonprofit sector, Patrick grew up understanding the importance of service and soon developed a passion to help others. As the fifth of six children, he knew money for college—essential to his goal of being a teacher—would be tight. Fortunately, Berea met his need with the full-tuition scholarship we give every student.
Like many of his classmates, Patrick came to Berea with other needs. Growing up in a small community in Kentucky, Patrick’s exposure to people of different racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds was limited. To become a teacher, he knew he needed the ability to relate to a wide variety of people. Such experience would help in the classroom and make him more attractive to potential employers.
Once on campus, Patrick learned firsthand why Berea is so highly praised for both academic excellence and diversity. Our small size and diverse student body give Patrick the exposure he needs. In his time at the College, he has roomed with students from Tibet, traveled to Honduras for a class, and followed his passion for service as a mentor and tutor to area youth. “At a larger school, it would be easier to remain isolated,” Patrick says. “Here, meeting people is easy.”
When Patrick graduates this spring, he will combine a deep appreciation for diversity with his classroom learning. Thanks to his Berea education, Patrick will be prepared to help his future students meet the demands of an ever-changing, diverse world.
Joanne Singh, Associate Vice President for Development, can help. Call her 800-457-9846, ext. 3056.