Gate of Opportunity Scholarships
Gate of Opportunity Scholars at Berry “work their way through college” with the prospect of graduating debt free, a concept both central to the Berry mission and timely today, as excessive levels of student debt continue to make national headlines.
“My time at Berry has given me the opportunity to mature and grow into a person with an incredible drive who reaches for her full potential in all areas of her life.”
Each scholarship represents a three-way partnership that includes a student and his or her family, a donor, and Berry College, with each partner contributing about one-third of the cost of the student’s education. The student’s contribution comes largely through extensive participation in Berry’s Work Experience Program
, the donor’s through earnings from an endowed fund.
This innovative scholarship program was the first campaign priority identified, and alumni and friends responded enthusiastically to a $10 million matching fund
established by an anonymous donor to speed support for the program. Berry now has commitments for 130 Gate of Opportunity Scholarships that will benefit hardworking students for generations. Thank you!
Endowed scholarships have long been a Berry hallmark, with many alumni who benefited from donor support as students choosing to provide the same opportunity for the next generation. In this campaign, we seek additional scholarship support, typically with a work requirement, for the students who need it most – those from low-income homes or from middle-class families with circumstances, such as multiple children of college age, that make affording a Berry education impossible. We also welcome new scholarships in recognition of outstanding effort and achievement.
Many alumni and friends want to help students and honor someone of importance in their lives. Named endowed scholarships provide a lasting means of doing both.
Visit Endowed and Expendable Scholarships
for more information on the options available to you.