Berry College's 12th annual Scholarship Night was a celebration of gratitude.
The annual event gives student scholarship recipients a chance to meet and personally show their gratitude to their donors. More than 300 friends of Berry, students, alumni, faculty, staff and donors came together to celebrate the continuation of Martha Berry's legacy through giving. The ballroom was filled with those whose lives have been changed by that legacy.
Students held candles along the college entrance to welcome donors to campus. Later, donors and students had the opportunity to meet and become better acquainted over dinner. Berry alumni Kyler Post (10C) and Kali McMillian (12C) provided a welcoming song of thanks for the donors as the candleholders entered the ballroom.
Featured speaker and Berry Trustee Bert Clark (82C) spoke about his passion for students and the importance of providing the opportunity for students to study abroad. He and his wife, Cathy, both studied abroad during their time in school and now fund a scholarship for students to study abroad. The Clarks strongly believe that study abroad was an essential part of any well-rounded education. They formed this scholarship to enable other students to experience similar life-changing experiences.
Berry students Julia Kolodziej and Dana Wenger were Cathy and Bert Clark Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship recipients who both shared stories of their experiences overseas and how their lives changed as a result. They spoke graciously about the impact made by the scholarship and how they were inspired to offer the same opportunity giving back to future students.
Article and photos by Student Public Relations Assistant Katherine McDonald. Additional photos by Student Public Relations Assistant Alyssa Hollingsworth and Student Photographers Lauren Neumann and Mary Claire Stewart.