Anna Akers, Class of 2014
Anna Akers is a senior Political Science major and Psychology minor from Roanoke, VA. As the senior class representative for Firsthand4You, Anna believes this program inspires college students to see the value in being philanthropic and giving back to the community. By increasing awareness about giving back, Firsthand4You allows students to create their own class scholarship that gives others the chance to obtain a college education. Anna is also a Presidential Ambassador, a Freshmen Mentor, a member of the Student Activities Committee, a member of the Cultural Events committee, and involved in Dance Concert. Anna has loved her Berry College experience and hopes to be able to give others a positive college experience through participating in the Firsthand4You program.
Leah Bolden, Class of 2015
Leah Bolden is a junior Biology major and Chemistry minor from LaGrange, Georgia. She is the junior class representative for the Firsthand4You Program, and is also a Gate of Opportunity Scholar. Leah supports Firsthand4You because, as a Gate Scholar, she recognizes how much donors have invested in her education. Encouraging the value of giving back, Leah wants others to experience the same opportunities that she has been lucky enough to have received.
Colleen Curlee, Class of 2016
Colleen Curlee is a sophomore psychology major from Lilburn, Ga. As a Gate of Opportunity Scholar as well as the sophomore Firsthand4You representative, she realizes the incredible impact that donors have had on the college as well as her personal education. Without their support, she would not be at Berry. She plans to get involved in many different clubs and programs on campus during her first year here and is excited that she may get to help someone experience the same things some day through this organization.
Rashelly Rusia, Class of 2017
Rashelly Rusia is a freshman Psychology and Marketing double major from Grayson County, VA. She emigrated from the Philippines at the age of three. Growing up, the greatest influence in her life was watching her mother juggle two jobs as well as be the backbone of the family. Because of that, Rashelly values work ethic, responsibility, and compassion. She also believes that working with Firsthand4You is going to be the most amazing challenge so far and if people are given the opportunity to help others, they'll takeit—which is why she’s there to help support them!