Sailors Still Making a Difference


Published originally in the Summer 2010 issue of Berea College Magazine

Eleven V-12/V-5 alumni attended the 2010 reunion at Berea College. The World War II-era U.S. Navy training program at Berea offered preliminary training to officer candidates from July 1943 to October 1945. Of 789 V-12 enrollees, 40 returned to Berea to complete degrees after the war.

On Friday, June 4, a banquet was held at Boone Tavern in their honor. Saturday events included a memorial service at Union Church and a luncheon at the home of College President Larry Shinn and his wife Nancy.

The V-12/V-5 Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to two Berea students. One award is given to an American for outstanding leadership and citizenship, while the other goes to an international student for contributions to brotherhood and international understanding on campus. Andrew Tolliver, ’11, of Berea, Kentucky and Florence Anyabuonwu, ’11, of Nigeria, were the spring 2010 recipients.

Categories: News, People
Tags: alumni, Students, Summer Reunion

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 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 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.