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Alexis Berles ’18 Awarded Jean Campbell Williamson Endowed Scholarship

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Hartsville, S.C. – June 6, 2016 – Coker College junior Alexis Berles has been named this year's recipient of the Jean Campbell Williamson Endowed Scholarship. Berles was awarded the scholarship by the Ladies of Coker Scholarship Selection Committee at their spring luncheon on April 30.

Berles was chosen because of her impressive academic achievements (she is enrolled in the Honors Program), athletic career (she is a member of both the volleyball and track and field teams) and involvement on and off the Coker College campus. Majoring in biology and Spanish, she recently completed a semester abroad in Spain and, because of her personal experience with applying to study abroad, she is organizing a study abroad student organization to help Coker students plan, finance and succeed in their own semesters abroad. Berles plans to attend medical school and, hopefully, participate in Doctors Without Borders.  

“Lexie Berles is a brilliant young woman,” said Mac Williams, associate professor of Spanish at Coker College. “She could have easily majored in biology and coasted into medical school with her good grades and solid test scores, but she is double majoring in biology and Spanish, and she is pushing herself by spending a semester abroad in Alicante, Spain, because she wants to be the kind of doctor that can communicate with all her patients, not just the ones who are like her.”

In 2011, Oliver Williamson established an endowed scholarship in honor of his wife, Jean Campbell Williamson ’46. Coker has agreed that the funds generated by the Jean Campbell Williamson Endowed Scholarship will be awarded through a selection process determined by the Ladies of Coker, a group of alumnae and friends of Coker. The Ladies of Coker are dedicated to broadening the engagement of women through philanthropy and leadership in ways that honor the history of the college.

“It is an honor to be recognized with other outstanding Coker students,” said Berles. “The saying, ‘Here’s to strong women—may we know them; may we be them; may we raise them,’ fuels my fire and ambition to reach my goals. I believe that with hard work and dedication, strong women do make a difference, and that hard work and dedication is what I plan to execute in my remaining years at Coker.”

Release written by Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Coxe Hubbard.

 

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Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.