The Thanksgiving holiday is about gratitude. Bereans are grateful for many things, including:
- Generous donors who support our mission of providing a high-quality education to low-income students;
- Dedicated faculty and staff who interact with students in the classroom and in students’ labor positions.
- A school founded to welcome “all peoples of the earth” to seek to learn and live by values of love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice.
- The satisfaction of knowing that Berea College alumni carry those values into Appalachia, and beyond, where they work and serve.
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.