Berea College Honored as a Champion of Appalachia

Christian Appalachian Project logoChristian Appalachian Project (CAP) honored Berea College as a Champion of Appalachia at its second annual award celebration Oct. 20. Berea College has made a significant impact on the central Appalachian region. The first interracial and co-educational school in the South, Berea College is firmly embedded in Appalachia.

“Berea College has served the needs of people in Appalachia for 161 years and CAP is privileged to recognize their service,” said Guy Adams, president/CEO of CAP. “Through this award, we want to draw attention to individuals and institutions that have longevity impacting the region, specifically Central Appalachia. Berea College exemplifies service and compassion in its commitment to transforming lives in Appalachia. CAP shares these values.”

The Champions of Appalachia Award recognizes honorees that give strength to the mission and raise awareness of the work of Christian Appalachian Project in Eastern Kentucky. The award was accepted by Berea College President Lyle Roelofs.

“We are honored to have Berea College recognized by the Christian Appalachian Project with the Champions of Appalachia Award,” said Roelofs. “Since its founding in 1855, Berea College has served Appalachia by addressing the social, educational, economic, and environmental needs of the region. Besides educating and equipping thousands of teachers, nurses, agricultural agents, and others to serve their home communities, Berea has a long history of bringing educational and social services directly to Appalachian people where they live.”

For more than 50 years, CAP has worked in Eastern Kentucky to make a difference in the lives of children and their families, individuals with disabilities and seniors living in poverty. The nonprofit touches the lives of more than 1.5 million people each year directly and indirectly.

The ceremony also celebrated major donors who support the mission of CAP. “Our donors make our work possible as we strive to make the most of every contribution because it makes a real difference in the lives of people in need in Appalachia,” Adams said. “We are grateful for the faith our donors place in our programs and our commitment to serving in Appalachia.”

CAP also announced to donors that Moving Mountains: The Campaign for Appalachia is now in its public phase. The campaign has achieved $50.5 million of its three-year $68 million goal. “In the years ahead, with generous charitable support from our faithful supporters, we will continue to serve people in need in Appalachia, one individual, one family at a time, providing a hand up, not just a hand out,” Adams added.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.