Berry College and the DAR
For More than a Century, Giving Opportunity to Young People
In 1904, two years after Martha Berry founded her school in the foothills of Northwest Georgia, this visionary Georgia Daughter spoke about her work to the assembled Daughters at Continental Congress in Washington. She told about the young people who desperately needed the education of head, heart, and hands that only her school could provide—and who without the support of Daughters and others would be unable to have it. After her presentation Berry became the first school approved by the DAR for support. Now, more than a century later, Berry College remains the school with the longest association with the DAR.
The school Martha Berry founded first as a boys’ industrial school expanded, adding a girls’ school, and eventually a junior college and college. The growth and changes that Miss Berry was able to bring about were made possible by the school’s many steadfast friends, including individual Daughters, chapters, and State Societies across the country, as well as the National Society. While through the years the school adapted to meet new needs, Berry has always remained true to its emphasis on service, and on producing good citizens who have a strong academic foundation, a sure moral compass, and a well-honed worth ethic.
The Legacy of a Daughter's Vision; the Legacy of Daughters' Support
Today the school that Martha Berry began in a log cabin is in the top tier of the nation’s liberal arts colleges—and is the only college among the DAR’s six approved schools. Berry’s approximately 2,100 undergraduates come from 37 states and 11 countries. And while many remember Berry because of the remarkable story of the Daughter who founded it, or because of its spectacular 27,000-acre campus, it is the students at Berry that continue to be what’s most special about this unique institution. Some 95 percent of Berry’s students choose to work on campus, a percentage higher than at any other college where work is voluntary. And while almost all students come to Berry with notable financial need, Berry works hard to make it possible for them to attend, both through generous financial aid and through the work program.
Martha Berry’s vision continues to be a reality for young people because of friends who share that vision—including the Daughters of the American Revolution. As in Martha Berry’s day, Daughters today continue to help make a Berry education possible for students who could not otherwise afford it, through their generous support of scholarships and by remembering Berry in their estates. They understand that the best and most patriotic way to preserve our nation’s heritage and values is by supporting the intellectual, moral, and spiritual development of our young people.
And there is still no better place to do that than at the first school the DAR chose to support—Berry.
For more information about Berry, or to schedule a campus visit, please contact Alexander "Whit" Whitaker, DAR Representative, for further information.
Update your Berry contact information
If you are a chapter or State Society officer responsible for maintaining contact information for DAR Schools, please include in your directories our e-mail address,
firstname.lastname@example.org , and the following mailing address:
Berry College DAR Representative
Office of the President
PO Box 490039
Mount Berry, GA 30149-0039
You can contact Berry's DAR Representative directly at (706) 236-2211. We would appreciate copies of any State Society directories in which the DAR schools are listed.