Agnes Scott Awards Inaugural Berry Award

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The award, created in memory of alumna Jessica Berry, is given to a student demonstrating a passion for teaching.

Berry Award recipient The Jessica Marie Berry Award was established in memory of alumna Jessica Berry, who died of cancer shortly after graduating in 2005. Jessica’s mother, Jayne Berry, says that during her time at Agnes Scott, her daughter never let go of her aspiration and ambition to graduate and to become a great teacher. For this reason, Jayne and Jessica’s classmates created the Berry Award in Jessica’s memory that will be given each year to a student who demonstrates the same passion and who intends to go into the teaching profession. This year marked the inaugural presentation of this award.

The 2014 recipient of the Berry Award was Brittany Starr-Clark ’14, a psychology major. She was recently married and will spend next year enjoying time with her husband and applying to MAT programs to ultimately pursue a career in teaching. She is particularly interested in working with refugees and eventually hopes to incorporate her love of psychology into her classroom teaching. 

Agnes Scott is deeply grateful to Jayne Berry and members of the class of ’05 who have supported the Jessica Marie Berry Award. The college congratulates Brittany on her achievement and wishes her well as she continues to prepare for a rewarding career in the classroom.

Pictured: 2014 Berry Award recipient Brittany Starr-Clark '14, Rebecca Berry '14, Professor Leslie Coia and Jayne Berry.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.