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Birmingham-Southern College students establish scholarship to honor president

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 building.

"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.

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