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Student Service Awards

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2009 service awards recipients

Berea College Student Service Awards

The Student Service Awards Selection Panel requests your nominations for the 2015-’16 Academic Year.  The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016.

Submit all nominations electronically, as no paper submissions are being accepted this year.  The narrative should include examples of how the student fits the criteria for the award.  Students nominated must be currently enrolled and in good standing. December graduates can be nominated for appropriate awards.

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The E.R. Brann Good Citizenship Award

This award is given each year to the student whose character and life have made an outstanding contribution to the Christian character of Berea College.

The Jane Ann Kendrick Community Service Award

This award is given to a student who has accented the value of volunteer work and, in doing so, improved and enriched the lives of others. Work must be strictly volunteer service to the community and not as part of a paid labor position.

The Layman Memorial Scholarship 

This award was established by the daughters of the Rev. and Mrs. Henry L. Layman, missionaries in Japan for 35 years. It is awarded each year to the student who seems most likely to make a contribution to international relations and understanding.

George and Lucille C. McKinney Service Award

This award is given to a junior who is an active participant in volunteer service in the college community. Nominations are sought from a recognized campus organization including residence halls and labor departments.

Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Award

This award recognizes campus leadership in interracial understanding. It is given to two students, one African American and one white or non-white. Awardees demonstrate leadership qualities in the promotion of interracial understanding in all aspects of campus and student life.

Ernest and Emily G. Graham Volunteer Service Award

This award recognizes two Berea College students (first, second or third year) who have exhibited exceptional volunteer service during the current year. Nominations must originate from formal service groups.

Dr. Lee E. Wickline Scholarship

Given to a full-time enrolled third- or fourth-year student with at least a 3.0 GPA. Student must major or minor in education. The recipient must show enthusiastic interest in school and community activities. They must also have an awareness of universal human values.

Homer A. Porter, Jr. Citizen-Servant Emerging Leader Awards

Given to as many as four students. Students’ participation in and contributions to service programs or service-learning courses should exemplify the selfless characteristics of a servant leader. Recipients must not have reached third-year academic status before the end of the spring term, 2016.

Louise Veltin Memorial Award

This award is given to a graduating student with a distinguished good citizen record at Berea College.  Third- and fourth-year students and general faculty are invited to nominate a student for this award.

Eva Nell Whitaker Alley Award

Eva Nell Whitaker Alley, ’44 was a vital contributor to Berea’s campus life and passed away four years after her graduation.  The Eva Nell Whitaker Alley Award Fund was established by her husband George in 1949 to honor her memory.


  • Nominee must be a graduating female (Spring or Summer)
  • Nominee has exhibited leadership in campus activities
  • Nominee has been a vital part of Berea College and has greatly contributed to student and campus life
  • Nominations must come from members of the senior class or a member of the faculty or staff.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

William E. Bardusch Jr. Graduate Scholarship

History of the awards:

Both the Sullivan Award and the Bardusch Scholarship were created by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, based in Oxford, Mississippi. The Sullivan Foundation has supported Berea College with grants for student scholarships and social entrepreneurship activities since 1937. The Foundation sponsors annual awards on more than 60 college campuses to honor the lives and service of Algernon Sydney Sullivan and his wife, Mary Mildred Sullivan. Via the Sullivan awards, the Foundation wishes to recognize individuals whose nobility of character and dedication to service set them apart as examples for others.

Berea College will choose one graduating senior to receive both the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and the William E. Bardusch, Jr. Graduate Scholarship. The Sullivan Foundation created the Bardusch Scholarship at Berea to honor both the Foundation’s longtime president, William E. Bardusch, Jr., and the long-standing partnership between the Foundation and Berea College.

Nominations for the recipient of the Sullivan Award and Bardusch Scholarship may come from students, faculty, or staff.  Self-nominations are not accepted.


  • Nominee must be a graduating senior who plans to enroll in graduate school within two years of graduating from Berea.  The Bardusch Scholarship payment will be made directly to the graduate institution upon the student’s enrollment.
  • Nominee must demonstrate strength of character and a tendency toward humble, selfless and meaningful service to others.
  • If the recipient does not enroll in graduate school within two years of graduating from Berea, he or she may keep the Sullivan Award but will not receive the Bardusch Scholarship payment.

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