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EKU Upward Bound Students Honored at Berea College

EKU Upward Bound Students Honored at Berea College

Four Eastern Kentucky University Upward Bound students were recently honored by Berea College in Berea, Ky. for their accomplishments in the fields of science and music. Casey County student Lindsey Conley (Science), Lee County student Taylor Jewell (Music), and Wolfe County students Jerimee Haiman (Music) and Phillip Spencer (Science) received the 2013 Berea College Pinnacle Scholars Award of Excellence.

The honor commemorates students’ accomplishments and dedication in the fields of science, music, or service. High school seniors from across the region were nominated for this award. Berea College faculty and staff reviewed the submissions and selected the top students to receive the award in each area. Conley, Jewell, Haiman, and Spencer were chosen out of more than 400 nominees and were honored at a formal awards ceremony on Nov. 16.

Berea College, the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, focuses on learning, labor and service. Berea awards a four-year tuition scholarship to every accepted student (currently valued at more than $100,000), admitting only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. All students must work 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, food and room expenses. Graduates from Berea have gone on to distinguish themselves and the college in many fields, including science, arts, education, government, and social services.

“This award reflects the tradition EKU’s Upward Bound students have exemplified for over 40 years,” EKU Upward Bound Director Tamara Stewart said. “I’m very proud of their accomplishments and I look forward to watching how their strength of character, abilities, and dedication to success drives them to reach their dream of going to college.”

Published on December 12, 2013

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