Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Goizueta Foundation of Atlanta Funds New Grant for Latino/Hispanic Students at Berry

Scholarship support for Hispanic/Latino students at Berry College has grown substantially thanks to a $750,000 grant from The Goizueta Foundation, based in Atlanta. This new grant provides need-based scholarship assistance to Hispanic/Latino students whose families currently reside in the United States. The Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund is the third scholarship fund created by The Goizueta Foundation at Berry.

“We believe strongly that a quality private education should be available to all students,” said Berry President Stephen R. Briggs. “In these tough economic times, we commend The Goizueta Foundation for affirming the power of this dream by establishing a scholarship fund that will provide additional aid for students in the Hispanic/Latino community whose financial need is especially acute.”

Previous scholarship funds established by The Goizueta Foundation have been tremendously beneficial for Hispanic/Latino students as well as the Berry community at large. The overall number of Hispanic and Latino students enrolled at Berry has grown from 15 in 2003 to 41 in 2008, making Hispanic and Latino students the second largest minority group on campus for the third consecutive year. College leaders credit The Goizueta Foundation and its support as a key factor in this steady growth.

“The Goizueta Foundation’s continuing generosity is making it possible for us to attract talented students from diverse backgrounds,” Dr. Briggs said. “Our campus community is enriched, because we know that all students benefit from interaction with those whose culture, background and life experiences are different than their own.”

The Goizueta Foundation was established in 1992 to provide financial assistance to educational and charitable institutions. Its purpose is to assist organizations that empower individuals and families through educational opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.

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