Thursday, July 12, 2007

Washington College Establishes Scholarship in Honor of Sheryl V. Kerr

Chestertown, MD, July 12, 2007 — Washington College is pleased to announce the establishment of a new scholarship in honor of longtime College supporter and former Board member Sheryl "Shery" Kerr.

An emerita member of the College's Board of Visitors and Governors, Kerr served as a member of the Board of Visitors and Governors from 1997 until 2003, and is an honorary degree recipient.

The Sheryl V. Kerr H'04 Scholarship will provide financial aid to non-traditional students, that is, students who attend college at a later point in life than the typical high-school-to-college track. The scholarship will give support to its first recipient in the 2007-2008 academic year.

"It is a real pleasure to create this scholarship in honor of Shery Kerr," said Washington College President Baird Tipson. "Her leadership has played an important role in shaping the direction of the College, and we are especially pleased that she has inspired us to make opportunities for study available to non-traditional students. Many of them would not be able to return to college while balancing the demands of work and raising a family without this kind of support."

Kerr received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from the College in 2004. In awarding her the degree, then-Washington College President John Toll praised her as "a woman of purpose whose philanthropic aim is to elevate the human spirit and to shape a world in which that spirit can flourish. Shery Kerr understands what makes our nation great. With the extraordinary commitment that she and her husband Breene have made to this institution, she has helped us to recognize how great we might become. Her faith in the power of education, her affection for our students, and her business acumen have brought us to this moment."

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