President Bill Clinton Highlights Berea College


It isn’t every day that a U. S. President gives a shout-out to a private college, but that is just what former President Bill Clinton did for Berea College this past weekend. During his remarks at a campaign rally broadcast on C-SPAN*, he said, “One of the highest-impact, lowest-cost private schools in America is Berea College in Kentucky.” President Clinton went on to laud Berea’s educational model of serving low income students, providing their full tuition as well as our labor program so students can earn money for other costs. He emphasized that “We need to have a plan that would do that for everybody.” Watch his remarks, below:

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 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, earning 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.