Scholarship Night has always been an emotional celebration bringing together students and the donors who fund their scholarships, but this year’s event took on added significance thanks to the tremendous generosity of a longtime Berry friend and the incredible opportunities that will result.
On a night when Berry annually expresses its sincere appreciation to all scholarship donors, a new act of generosity was announced that has resulted in the formation of a $10 million Donor Opportunity Fund designed to help speed the creation of 80 additional Gate of Opportunity Scholarships. The fund provides matching support – at a rate of $1.25 for each dollar given – to individuals or groups who endow new Gate of Opportunity Scholarships. Once established, these new scholarships will benefit Berry students for generations to come.
Each four-year Gate of Opportunity Scholarship represents a partnership among a donor, a student and his or her family, and Berry, with each partner contributing approximately one-third of the cost of the student’s education. The student’s portion comes largely through extensive participation in the Work Experience Program.
Twenty-eight students currently are working their way through Berry with the prospect of graduating debt-free thanks to Gate of Opportunity donors. One student whose life has already been changed by this mission-focused program is Naing Oo. Watch the video to learn more about his inspiring story.