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Sept. 23, 2008

Brentwood, Tenn., native selected as Rushton Scholar at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Daniel Burgin of Brentwood, Tenn., was selected as the Rushton Scholar for the 2008-09 freshman class at Birmingham-Southern College. He was chosen by a selection committee from more than 160 candidates who competed in the college's essay writing and interview process and who were selected based on demonstrated merit, leadership, and activism in the community.

BurginThe Rushton Scholarship honors Col. William James Rushton, a Birmingham life insurance executive, and his wife Elizabeth Perry Rushton. It is the preeminent scholarship awarded by the college to the most outstanding freshman for each entering class.

Rushton scholars receive full tuition and room and board each year, plus a $2,000 annual stipend to be used for summer travel, internships, study abroad programs, and special projects.

Burgin intends to pursue a major in physics/pre-med at BSC and play intramural sports. At Brentwood Academy his high school honors included membership in the National Honor Society, selection as an Erskine Fellow, and graduating with a 4.4 grade-point average in advanced curriculum.

He also excelled outside the classroom with his involvement in theatre, debate, and the Academy Singers. He served as team captain of the Brentwood Academy wrestling program and as a middle school counselor in the YMCA Blue Ridge High School Christian Values Conference.

Burgin enrolled in Birmingham-Southern in August as one of more than 500 new students and, for the second consecutive year, the largest freshman class in BSC history.

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church that receives consistently high rankings as one of America's best national liberal arts colleges.

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