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Invest in Lives of Great Promise
Tuition scholarships like the one Brooklin received are a critical need every academic year. Together, we must complete scholarships for 1,630 enrolled students this year. But this year, we are tracking behind where we need to be.
So far, generous alumni and friends like you have helped fund more than 1,200 scholarships. But with very little time left before the end of the academic and fiscal year, we have a significant amount left to raise.
Your gift to the Berea Fund supports annual Tuition Promise Scholarships and helps ensure the Berea College experience continues for talented students like Brooklin.
Nobody at her high school knew the junior class president was homeless. Shanita and her mother placed their belongings into a storage unit and moved from motel to motel.
“As we were driving,” says Shanita, “my mom started crying, saying she felt like a failure. But that was the last thing I believed. I was mad at everyone but her, so I wrote her a poem to let her know our homelessness wasn’t her fault.”
The poem was titled, “Home,” and spoke to the ‘home’ Shanita found just being in her mother’s presence.
Once Shanita graduated high school, she considered not going to college so she could stay home and help. Her mother wouldn’t let her. “Getting an education is one thing my mama always said to do,” explained Shanita.
At Berea, Shanita gained the skills, knowledge, and insights necessary to pursue a more hopeful future. Shanita cites Berea’s mentoring, one of many programs dedicated to supporting new students’ transition to college, as key to discovering this future.
Shanita graduated from Berea this May. She is one of many bright, hardworking young people who, without your support, would have a much tougher time achieving their dreams and contributing to society.
Give now to invest in more students like Shanita.
“I had to turn down a full-ride to Harvard to come to Berea.”
When Ron was ready to graduate high school, he was certain he was going to an Ivy League school. Then he decided on a visit to Berea College, to see what they offered that perhaps other schools didn’t.
Right away, Ron felt like much more than just a number at Berea. “I really felt like no other school had given me the time and attention that Berea did in that visit,” Ron says, “and I felt like they really care about their students. And I wanted to be a part of that.
“I had to turn down a full-ride to Harvard to come to Berea, and my mother really thought, as an African-American male, having a Harvard education would help me best navigate through my professional life. She wasn’t sure if Berea would offer me the same opportunities.”
But that’s the essence of Berea College: opportunity.
Ron is taking what he has learned to continue working on issues around food insecurity, especially in minority communities.
“I want by the end of my career to have more people with access to affordable healthy food than when I was born. And if I can do that, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do in life and I know that Berea was the first step to doing that.”
With a generous gift to Berea College today, you could be funding the academic journey of the next Ron. You can provide educational opportunities to so many low-income students whose potential is limitless.
Early on, Gyanu discovered his natural ability for problem-solving. “It was when I was really small—probably 4th or 5th grade—I could solve complex problems. I could easily teach my friends how to do the problems I was kind of doing well.”
Internship offers from both New York and California poured in, yet Gyanu chose Berea. He says he asked himself, “What’s best for you? What will help your future career? So that’s the one reason I chose research.”
Gyanu says that, contrary to popular opinion, mathematics is more than just an abstract field. “That’s part of mathematics but mathematics is really understanding how we can make decisions or how we see things in our everyday lives and how we correlate that in numbers.” He seeks to bridge this gap by applying what he learns to the real world in order to best serve those around him.
“Berea is a place that helps us realize our dreams and our career goals and supports in every way possible to reach those goals.”