BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Students at Birmingham-Southern
College have created a new scholarship to provide financial support
to peers who participate in service-learning projects during the
college's January Interim term and to honor the silver anniversary
of the institution's president.
The Neal R. Berte Koinonia Scholarship,
funded by Birmingham-Southern's Student Government Association,
also will support students whose community service extends beyond
the month-long Interim period.
"The annual scholarship will be given
to any student or group of students who organize a project concentrating
on service issues in the global community," said Kim Polkowski,
Birmingham-Southern's SGA president.
The term "Koinonia" is a Greek
word used in the New Testament Bible to describe community. It was
selected in recognition of BSC President and Mrs. Neal Berte's role
on campus during their 25 years of service, fellowship, and community
"The Berte's continued service, excellence,
and concern demonstrate not only their commitment to Birmingham-Southern,
but also to the greater community as a whole," said Polkowski,
a senior English major from Huntsville.
Neal Berte completed his 25th year as president of Birmingham-Southern
in spring 2001.
The first Koinonia Scholarship will be awarded
in January 2002 by a BSC selection committee composed of SGA representatives,
President Berte, and several members of the campus administration.