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Naing OoAs a graduating senior, Naing Oo (13C) was profiled by CNN.com and featured in Berry magazine as one of seven former refugees who found success as Berry students. Today, he is putting his education to work and indulging his passion for global affairs through service in the Peace Corps. The international studies major and public relations minor is currently stationed in the western African nation of Burkina Faso, working in the community economic development sector.

A native of Burma and a charter recipient of the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship, Oo’s unique perspective and natural leadership abilities served him well as a Berry College presidential ambassador and resident assistant in Dana Hall. He credits Berry’s unique mission of educating the head, heart and hands for properly preparing him for his new international journey. His jobs at Berry helped refine his interpersonal communication skills.

“I am representing the United States to the locals in my village, just like I was representing Berry College as a presidential ambassador,” he said. “When the locals see me, they see all of America through and in me. I am so thankful for my experience at Berry for preparing me for this monumental milestone in my career.”

When Oo completes his Peace Corps training, he will be sent to a village called Gabou in the south Sahara. He plans to work with villagers by applying practical public relations and marketing strategies in hopes of increasing sales of the village’s cattle.

Story by Public Relations Student Supervisor Hayden Sloan.

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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.

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