THE GIFT OF OPPORTUNITY CHANGES LIVES
This holiday season, we hope you will join us in ensuring that the gift of opportunity remains available to deserving students. This special gift, which Martha Berry first provided over a century ago, continues to transform lives and provide bright futures for hardworking Berry students like the Widner sisters below.
Lilah Widner arrived at Berry dreaming of a future as a primary care physician serving rural communities like her South Georgia home. At Berry, the pre-medicine major with minors in chemistry and music found a supportive community that helped her thrive. Seeing Lilah flourish, sister Callie - younger by just 13 months - followed in her footsteps.
Their family knew it would be a challenge to afford college for both daughters at the same time. Mom, a teacher and school administrator, and Dad, owner of a plumbing and air conditioning business, worked hard to make it possible. Then, the unexpected happened. As they prepared to move Callie to Berry, the girls' dad grew sick with COVID-19 and was unable to work for some time. The family's plans seemed to unravel.
Thankfully, the generosity of our Berry family provided Lilah and Callie with scholarships to help meet their need. Now, two and a half years later, both sisters are on track to graduate in May with bright futures ahead. Lilah has been accepted into two medical schools, and Callie is completing a major in communication with an eye toward a career in brand marketing. None of this would have been possible without the support from alumni and friends like you.
"We knew being at Berry together as sisters would be great, but we never imagined we would gain this incredible Berry family that would help make these opportunities possible for us. We are so grateful!"
Lilah and Callie Widner
GIVE THE GIFT OF OPPORTUNITY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Please consider extending the gift of opportunity to students like Lilah and Callie (above). Your generosity has the power to transform the lives of hard-working students - a hallmark of Berry since Martha Berry first taught lessons to rural youth at Possum Trot, the cradle of Berry College.
Recurring giving is an easy and affordable way to maximize your support of Berry students. This option allows you to increase your total contribution through smaller monthly, quarterly or annual installments. Your online donation is secure and flexible. A gift of $1,000 or more entitles you to membership in the Martha Berry Society.
We invite you to help empower Berry students to thrive and create a lasting impact in their communities and world through BERRYfunder, our current crowdfunding campaign. There are a diverse array of projects, each with the potential to transform the lives of our students, enrich their college experience, and strengthen our institution.
Honoring Eden’s Legacy: The Eden Muina Save a Student Scholarship
Eden Muina's kindness, compassion, and dedication to service left an indelible mark on our community. Ensure that her legacy continues to touch lives and inspire future generations by helping support deserving students with a contribution to the Eden Muina Save a Student Scholarship.
Empower Tomorrow's Leaders by Supporting Business Student Travel
Traveling to professional development conferences and academic competitions is not just a journey; it's an investment in the future. Help offset the cost of business student travel and give access to game-changing opportunities and skill development while building confidence and expanding a global perspective.
Help Students in Crisis Through the David Shankles Student Emergency Relief Fund
Help Students Sound Their Best in Sisters Theatre
Make Sisters Theatre an even more exceptional platform for aspiring artists, ensuring that they continue to shine on stage and inspire generations with the magic of live theater. Let's give our students the tools they need to sound their best and create unforgettable moments on stage.
Support the Berry College Annual Fund
Support Students Participating in the International Choir Tour
In March 2024, the Berry Singers are embarking on an unforgettable journey of music and culture as they travel to Austria and the Czech Republic for an international choir tour. Help cover travel expenses for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Upcoming Alumni Events
Berry Alumni at Fernbank: A Holiday Celebration
Saturday, Dec. 9
Make plans to attend Berry Alumni at Fernbank: A Holiday Celebration! This festive soiree will feature delicious food and after-hours access to Fernbank Museum. You don't want to miss it!
Daughters of Berry Founder's Legacy Dinner
Thursday, Jan. 18
Berry alumna are invited to attend the annual Founder's Legacy Dinner to honor senior class women whose leadership and actions this year best represent the ideals of Martha Berry.
BERRY ALUMNI SPIRIT NIGHT
FRIDAY, JAN. 5
2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
Each year, the Berry Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni with four Distinguished Alumni Awards. Congratulations to this year's award winners:
- Robert Carpenter (87C) - Distinguished Achievement Award
- Robert Swarthout (04C) - Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
- Mark Banta (82C) - Distinguished Service Award
- Caroline Gettis Huffaker (09C) - Outstanding Young Alumni Award