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We Appreciate Your Exemplary Service

We Appreciate Your Exemplary Service

Athens, W.Va. - Those were the words used by Concord College President Jerry Beasley as he presented plaques from America’s Promise to Concord College Seniors Jennifer Broadwater and Erin Luzader, Tuesday, May 9 in his office.

"I have been very impressed by the service given to our community by these outstanding young women," stated President Beasley. "They are excellent students and will be leaders in their fields upon graduation."

Led by General Colin Powell, USA (Ret), America's Promise – The Alliance for Youth, is mobilizing the nation to fulfill five promises to young people: 1. An ongoing relationship with caring adults – parents, mentors, tutors or coaches; 2. Safe places with structured activities during non-school hours; 3. A healthy start and future; 4. A marketable skill through effective education; and 5. Opportunities to give back through community service.

"Both Jennifer and Erin are Bonner Scholars who volunteered with the Southern Coal Fields Delegation of America’s Promise," continued President Beasley. "They demonstrated true care, concern and dedication with their volunteer work through this organization."

Concord Senior Jennifer Broadwater is from Nickelsville, Va., and is majoring in biology with a minor in math. She graduated from Castlewood High School in 1996. She is a member of the Student Activities Committee, Bonner Scholars, Alpha Phi Omega, CoEd National Service Fraternity, Biology Club, and Wilson Hall Council. She served as treasurer for Gamma Beta Phi, and a tutor for Student Support Services. "I am very surprised to receive this honor from the President," commented Jennifer. "I want to be a physician, and President Beasley and Concord College have been very supportive of me and my dream."

Erin Luzader is from Grafton, W.Va., and graduated from Grafton High School in 1996. She will receive a Bachelor of Social Work and plans to attend graduate school. She has been a member of the cross-country track team and served as vice president of the Student Social Work Organization. She is a Bonner Scholar and a McNair Scholar. "I was surprised by this special recognition, too!" stated Erin. "America’s Promise was special because we got to acknowledge the great work that people in southern West Virginia are doing. Hilda Kennedy, winner of the America’s Promise Safe Places and Structured Activities Award last fall was a real inspiration to me because she is a social work graduate from Concord. I enjoyed working with America’s Promise. I saw how this organization made a difference in children’s lives in southern West Virginia. There are a wide variety of ways we can all make a difference, if we only take the time."

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Concord College Notes:
Public service is a very important part of Concord College's mission to the local community. The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation based in Princeton, N.J., has recognized this commitment to service and endowed the college with funds to establish the Bonner Scholarship Program. This scholarship program provides 80 students with financial support for their education and each student must then provide support to the community through volunteer services. Bonner Scholars are typically first generation college students with a record of academic success and a demonstrated concern for their home community. Students remain in the Bonner Scholarship Program for four years. During this time they provide an average of 10 hours of community support per week during the regular school year and 240 hours of service during the summer. While this program may be found on 23 other college and university campuses, Concord College is the only public institution selected for this honor.

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Erin Luzader, President Jerry Beasley, Jennifer Broadwater

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Erin Luzader, President Jerry Beasley

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Jennifer Broadwater, President Jerry Beasley