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Save a Student Scholarship
Students from difficult economic circumstances walk a tightrope
that is razor thin. Many are first-generation college students who have already
overcome enormous obstacles just to enter Berry's Gate of Opportunity. For
these students and others, an unexpected economic disruption such as the
COVID-19 pandemic can be disastrous. The Save a Student Scholarship is often
the last hope for those with nowhere else to turn. In spring 2020, gifts to the
fund made it possible for Berry to extend critical assistance to high-need
students unable to make their last monthly tuition payment of the academic
year. As the crisis persists, more and more students find themselves in similar
circumstances. Your gift of any size - combined with others - has the potential
to make a huge difference.
Leave a lasting legacy by establishing an endowed scholarship
The late Barry Griswell (71C) knew from experience that while there are many paths to success, some people start with the odds stacked against them. The Griswell Scholarship is intended for students who have already experienced significant adversity in their lives and found a way to rise above it. The primary criteria are challenging life circumstances, significant financial need and a "spark" that motivates them to work hard for a better future. Recipients benefit from generous scholarships and a high level of social, cultural and developmental support. Named endowments within the Griswell Program can be established for $200,000. A one-year scholarship can be named for $10,000. Contact Scott Breithaupt at 706-238-5897 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Named Endowed Scholarships
Named endowed scholarships are a Berry hallmark. Alumni cherish the opportunity to extend to others the same helping hand that once reached out to them; non-alumni welcome the chance to support Berry's historic mission by extending the gift of opportunity to students of all backgrounds. With a minimum endowment gift of $50,000 (payable over five years), you can honor someone who has made a difference in your life by establishing an enduring source of support for Berry students. Each year, in perpetuity, approximately 4.5% of the earnings from your endowment will be awarded as scholarships. The remainder is reinvested, facilitating further growth of your scholarship fund and larger subsequent awards. Contact Scott Breithaupt at 706-238-5897 or email@example.com for details.
BONNER SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP
Martha Berry's "dominating idea of service" is a cornerstone of the Berry student experience. The Bonner Scholars embody this ideal by contributing more than 20,000 hours annually to meeting the needs of children of all ages, the elderly and the ailing, and the hungry and the homeless, as well as causes that benefit all. In return, students who have overcome tremendous challenges just to make it to college benefit from much-needed scholarship support while growing together as members of a staff-supported cohort of peers. Eligibility is reserved for those with an estimated family contribution of $10,000 or less, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). An endowment gift of $100,000 (payable over five years) will name a Bonner Scholarship. Contact Scott Breithaupt at 706-238-5897 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
GATE OF OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
Building on Berry's foundational commitment to using work as a means to develop skills and shape character, the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program invites students to "work their way through college" with the potential of graduating debt free. Merging rigorous academics with meaningful personal and professional development opportunities - all within the context of a close-knit community of faculty, staff and peers - the program empowers students from all backgrounds to overcome obstacles and achieve success. Endowments can be established for $350,000 (to be modified for inflation if fulfilled over multiple years). A one-year scholarship can be named for $7,500 with matching support from an anonymous donor. Contact Scott Breithaupt at 706-238-5897 or email@example.com for details.
HANK AARON CHASING THE DREAM FOUNDATION 4 FOR 4 SCHOLARSHIP
Baseball legend "Hammerin' Hank" Aaron is the perfect embodiment of what happens when hard work and potential are infused with opportunity. This same combination inspired Martha Berry's vision of a truly life-changing educational experience. Today, Berry is proud to partner with the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation on a scholarship rooted in these shared values. Stackable on top of other awards, these scholarships extend the promise of Berry's experience-rich, highly mentored education to low-income students from diverse populations. Recipients benefit from experience gained through Berry's LifeWorks Program while thriving as members of a community where faculty and staff know them by name. An endowment gift of $88,000 (payable over five years) will name a Hank Aaron Scholarship. An annual gift of $4,000 will support one scholarship student each year. Contact Jean Druckenmiller at 706-346-9807 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.