Bonnie Butler, a senior at Reinhardt College (Waleska, Ga.), has again been named a UPS Scholar and awarded a $3,500 UPS Scholarship. Butler, who received the same award for the 2001-02 year, is a Griffin, Ga., resident and a graduate of Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, formerly in McDonough, Ga.
"It was an honor and a surprise to be chosen again for this outside scholarship," Butler said.
Butler is pursuing a degree in business administration and a minor in history and will graduate in May of 2003. She then plans to attend law school to become a corporate attorney.
At Reinhardt, Butler's face is very familiar with students, faculty and staff. She lives on campus and has served in several prominent leadership roles during her collegiate career. Since her freshman year, she has been a Reinhardt Captain, one of the students selected to represent the admissions and president's offices in recruitment and friendraising activities, and since her sophomore year, she has edited the College's yearbook, The Cherokee Phoenix."
Amy Saxon, the Reinhardt admissions counselor who coordinates the Captains, describes Butler as friendly and cooperative. "She's always ready to do help out in any way she can," Saxon said. "She's great!"
Though busy with extracurricular activities, Butler also excels academically. In addition to maintaining her HOPE scholarship for four years, she also receives the Governor's Scholarship for being in the top 10 percent of her high school graduating class.
Butler is one of more than 665 UPS Scholars at private colleges and universities across the U.S. These scholarships are funded annually by the UPS Educational Endowment Fund, which was established by the United Parcel Service at the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE) in Washington, D.C. FIHE administers the program in cooperation with its Georgia partner, The Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
This year, the UPS Educational Endowment Fund distributed $2.3 million for its scholarship program, bringing the total amount of scholarships awarded to over $32 million. An additional $1.1 million in competitive grants were distributed from the fund last year to improve educational services for students and encourage collaboration among colleges.
In announcing the scholarships, The UPS Foundation President Evern Cooper, said, "For nearly 50 years, The UPS Foundation has been honored to support education through partnerships with such organizations as FIHE and the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges. The availability of quality, affordable higher education at places like Reinhardt College is critical to establishing a talented, more diverse workforce."
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