Brenau Scholars add extra element of excellence to Brenau’s reputation

A university’s reputation does not come from its classes, its campus or its faculty. A university’s reputation comes from its alumni. When a school’s graduates go on to do great things, both professionally and in the community, the school gains the reputation of an institution that develops young adults into exceptional leaders.

This year, Brenau University added five students who will reinforce Brenau’s status as an extraordinary educational institution. These young women are Brenau Scholars.

The Brenau Scholars scholarship program recognizes and rewards truly exceptional students who stand out in Brenau University’s already outstanding student body. A two-pronged approach to identifying excellence, Brenau Scholars must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA and meet a number of leadership and community service requirements.

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Ensely Caldwell
Bailey Hicks
Kassidy Locke
Rachel McFarland
Esther Sindler

The aim of these scholarships is to attract top-notch students and push them “to really make a difference while they’re here,” says Scott Briell, vice president of enrollment management and student services, the division that oversees the program. “We want them to be engaged members of the Brenau community,” he said. “If we’re giving you the scholarship funds, we really want you to give back.”

Students who receive this scholarship are well rewarded for their hard work on campus and in the community. This full-ride scholarship covers tuition for the recipient’s entire four years in school. Right now, Briell says that runs about $21,000 a year.

Charmaine Gilmore, director of student life and leadership at Brenau, says as the adviser to Brenau Scholars, that her goal is to plant the seed of student leadership in the scholars. This seed then grows into leadership aspects both in and out of the classroom.

“I believe that Brenau Scholars have made a difference at Brenau through the various leadership roles they take on,” Gilmore says. “Currently, our Brenau Scholars hold leadership positions in their sororities, Student Government Association, on our resident assistant and peer assistant staff, and many more areas. In these position, they impact the students’ lives in a way that we, as faculty and staff, cannot.”

Each year, 18 to 25 students apply for the Brenau Scholars scholarship. Only four or five make the cut. This year’s Brenau Scholars are a collection of driven, intelligent young women who set an example of what can be accomplished when a young woman sets her mind to achieving excellence.



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