Savannah Bruun of Franklin was recently honored by Berea College in Berea, Ky. for her accomplishments in the field of service. Bruun received the 2011 Berea College Pinnacle Scholars Award of Excellence.
This 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.
Berea College was overwhelmed by the number and caliber of students nominated this year. Bruun has been chosen specifically out of more than 500 nominees and was honored at a formal awards ceremony in December.
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 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. Graduated from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields, including science, arts, education, government and social services.