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2013 Kirbo Scholarship

Call for Submissions Deadline:  Thursday, November 15, 2012 

The Council on Student Scholarship invites submissions of applications for the Kirbo Scholars Program.  This annual scholarship awards up to $1,250 to Berry College students to support projects related to the student's academic research or growth experiences such as study abroad, internships, or artistic endeavors.

Eligibility Criteria

Students who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:

  • Full time student status
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Evidence of volunteering and/or work ethic
  • Completion of 24 credit hours at Berry
  • Endorsement of a faculty sponsor


Applicants must submit all of the following materials by the due date:

  • Completed student application - click here for the application 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Recommendation letter endorsing the proposal from a faculty member
  • All applications must be typed

Faculty Letter of Support

  1. The faculty letter of support should be submitted from a full time college teaching faculty member from the discipline/area to be researched.
  2. The letter should address two main areas:
    • Whether the proposed project is suitable, interesting, and important.
    • Why the student would be a good candidate for the Kirbo Scholars program.

Faculty letters should comment on

  • The feasibility of the proposed project
  • The estimated time required to complete the project
  • The significance of the work, i.e., why this proposal would be a good Kirbo Scholars project
  • Why this particular student would make a good Kirbo Scholar, i.e., highlight qualities like the student's maturity, perseverance, motivation

Please limit your comments to 200 words

  • Describe what your level of involvement will be in this project and whether or not you plan on applying for course release time. Please limit your comments to 100 words

  • Click here to view a copy of the evaluation form
    used to determine the recipients of the scholarship (PDF)

    All forms need to be submitted to css@berry.eduby November 15, 2012.

    Other Information

    • All projects must be completed in time for presentation at the Student Symposium prior to graduation.
    • Students selected for the Kirbo Scholarship must present their work at the Berry Student Scholarship Symposium in the Spring following completion of their project. 
    • Students who are awarded the title of “Kirbo Scholar” will have their name added to the Kirbo Scholarship plaque and will have his/her project displayed on campus. 
    • Kirbo Scholars will be announced and honored annually.
    • If applicable, all projects must be in compliance with Berry College's policy on Human Subjects Researchand Institutional Animal Care and Use.
    • Equipment or material purchased with scholarship funds is the property of Berry College.

    Past Kirbo Awards 

    (Project information can be accessed by clicking on the recipient's name below) 


    Sam Posey – Control of Vertical Transmission of Typanosoma cruzi Infection from DNA Immunization by a Therapeutic DNA Vaccine in ICR Mice.


    Whitni Bledsoe – A Description of Orphanage Life on the Development and Attachment of Children.

    Lauren Disharoon – Nightmare on WoM Street:  The Affects of Positive Word of Mouth from Unfavorable Sources.

    Dusty Dye – Museums and Historical Sites:  A Reflection of American Values.

    Holly Wilson – Differential Gene Expression Between Mictic and Amictic Populations of Rotifers.


    Stephanie Bettis –Crystal Structures of Substituted Phenolates

    Kristina Huff – If the Fat Lady Never Sings, Can it Ever be Over? The Impact of a Model's Body Size on the Effectiveness of the Advertisement

    Kristin Whaley – Parental Involvement in Native American Schools


    Carolyn Anderson – Investigating the Linkage of Oxidative Stress to Apoptosis in Cnidarians

    Lisa Brown –The Study of Marketing to Pregnant Women: Consumer Vulnerability and Pricing Practices of Baby-Related Products

    Emily Pierce – Propensity for Vertial Transmission of T.cruzi Isolates Obtained from Placental vs. Marsupial Mammals

    Ashley Wimsatt – Antigenic Recognition in Raccoons Infected by Trypanasoma Cruzi


    Lora Hall –Environmental Art

    Kathryn King –Comparing Korea School Achievement to that of the United States through Timms Test

    Cassy York –Strengths and Weaknesses of the American Middle Class


    Justin Edge – Vocalization and ranging Patterns of the Eastern Coyote at Berry College

    Kelly Walsh – Diversity as a Justification for Racial Distinction

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