save a student scholarship

Help Keep the Gate of Opportunity Open
Each year, some Berry students are faced with unexpected financial crises that make it necessary for them to drop out of school. Unforeseen events, such as illness or unemployment, may affect their families and force students to withdraw from Berry.

The Save a Student Scholarship works to provide emergency financial aid to these students in need. Last year alone, the fund helped three students finish their senior year and graduate on time.

With your help, we can Save a Student.


Jordan BradshawJordan Bradshaw

Jordan Bradshaw recently discovered there’s nothing like family to get you through a crisis, even if that family isn’t the one you were born into.

With his senior year looming, Jorden learned his parents couldn’t afford another loan. The biochemistry major was terrified, thinking his college career was finished. Then his Berry family came through with the Save a Student Scholarship.

“You never know who will need this scholarship. I never thought I would. It’s super humbling. Knowing my peers sponsored this is more of a blessing than I could have ever imagined. Thank you!”


Lauren HunterLauren Hunter

Lauren Hunter’s life was on track until the tragic death of her mother left the senior animal science major heartbroken and her family in a financial bind so serious it looked like she would have to leave Berry.

“I was in a daze,” she said. “I thought, wow, I may have to push the restart button on my plans.”

When she received the Save a Student Scholarship, life started looking up again.

“I couldn’t wait to tell my dad. It’s amazing how students coming together can change someone’s story. Thank you so much! You will never know how much your kindness has impacted my life!”


Reece PakerReece Parker

Senior Reece Parker was drawn to Berry by an exceptional animal science program, but the college’s culture of community sealed the deal. When a chronic illness cost him his job, putting his future at Berry in jeopardy, Reece learned firsthand about the power of community through the Save a Student Scholarship.

Reece came to Berry knowing family support would be limited. Landing a job as an RA provided a stipend and reduced housing cost. He excelled in the role, earning praise for his diligence, creativity and ability to connect with the residents. Then illness struck.

“I thought I was going to have to leave,” he said. “I would have regretted not finishing for the rest of my life. I’m so thankful for the Save-A-Student Scholarship. It gave me the chance to finish my degree. People think they’re only giving $5, but they’re really giving a person a chance and hope.”


Jane ReichardJane Reichard

Jane Reichard set her sights on becoming a professor after falling in love with teaching costume production as a student worker with the Berry College Theatre Company.

Her dreams threatened to unravel when her parents were laid off from their jobs and her grandmother’s death left behind medical bills. With nowhere left to turn, she looked to her classmates for help, and they came through with the Save a Student Scholarship.

Now Jane is pursuing a master’s degree in costume production at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Had I not received the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to finish my bachelor’s and continue on. Thank you for your generous support that helped me while I was at Berry and now is helping me chase my dreams.” 


Sophia Veser

Sophia Veser

Sophia Veser arrived at Berry determined to be the first person in her family to earn a college degree. When she found herself short of funds just before her junior year, she panicked. Things only got worse when her parents’ marriage dissolved and her father was injured in an automobile accident.

 “It felt like life or death to me,” Sophia said of her financial plight. “There was a lot of crying in the bathroom.”

Desperate, she applied for the Save a Student Scholarship. This special award, funded by her fellow students, rescued her dreams.

“It’s very humbling to know my success in life is a direct result of getting the scholarship. It’s like the butterfly effect. Because students gave, they changed my life’s path.”


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