Student Philanthropy at Berea College Earns National Award

Berea Patrons at Labor Exploration Day

Berea Patrons talk to fellow students about the importance of giving back at various events throughout the year, such as during Berea’s annual Labor & Exploration Day.
(Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05)

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) presented a bronze Circle of Excellence award in fundraising to Berea College. The award recognizes Berea Patrons, the College’s student philanthropy initiative, as an emerging program. Continue reading Student Philanthropy at Berea College Earns National Award

Edwin Embree, Berea Founder’s Grandson, the Focus of Article about Racial Prejudice

Edwin Embree

The racial injustices toward Japanese Americans confined in U.S. camps during World War II and one man’s efforts to help them is the focus of a recently-published article in HistPhil. Authored by historian Alfred Perkins, the story describes the role of philanthropist Edwin Embree, the grandson of Berea’s founder, John Gregg Fee, in protecting civil rights and ending discriminatory practices against citizens of Japanese ancestry, particularly those relocated from the west coast to the numerous internment camps in the central United States. Continue reading Edwin Embree, Berea Founder’s Grandson, the Focus of Article about Racial Prejudice

Showing Their Support: Women Help Ensure Berea’s Success

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, we focus this week on women who have financially supported Berea College and its students. Of course, there literally are thousands of names that could be shared here, but we focus on a few, past and present, who represent the generosity of so many women who have made it their personal mission to share their financial resources for the benefit of Berea College and those we serve. Continue reading Showing Their Support: Women Help Ensure Berea’s Success

Shirley Fowler Offers a Legacy of Support

Published originally in the Spring 2009 issue of the Berea College Magazine

by Christopher Porter

As a private money manager, Shirley Fowler has always been impressed by how Berea handles its finances. “I have watched your balance sheets with interest,” she once wrote to president John Stephenson, “and I agree with your objectives. As you know, I have admired and supported Berea for years.” Tied to her understated admiration is a deep respect for the Berea mission born from personal experience. Continue reading Shirley Fowler Offers a Legacy of Support

Kentucky Couple Gives $10.7 Million Bequest

Published originally in the spring 2009 issue of Berea College Magazine

A Kentucky couple has given Berea College the largest single gift it has ever received. The $10.7 million endowment from their estate will fund student scholarships. Continue reading Kentucky Couple Gives $10.7 Million Bequest

At Thanksgiving, Bereans are grateful for . . .

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.