Brenau scholars 2011 class represents outstanding academics, leadership qualities

Oct 25, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Originally published on 10/24/11

Brenau University enrolled five outstanding first-year students at the Gainesville, Ga.-based Women’s College as the latest recruits to the Brenau Scholars program, which is designed to attract top high school academic prospects.

The three-year-old initiative combined the previous Brenau Scholars program and a leadership scholarship program to provide a more attractive package. Thus far it has netted more than a dozen young women that Brenau officials say would have been successful in any university environment.

“We could not be more pleased with the success of the Brenau Scholars program,” said Scott Briell, senior vice president for enrollment and student services. “The young women that it has attracted have stepped into leadership roles on campus in and out of the classroom. They fully embraced both the spirit and responsibility associated with the Brenau Scholars program, and we expect this year’s group to do the same.”

Aimed at prospective first-year residential students at the Brenau Women’s College, the historic nucleus of the 133-year-old institution, the Brenau Scholars honor includes a full-tuition scholarship for the freshman year, a value of more than $20,000. It can be renewed for subsequent years if recipients meet conditions of the contract for the first-year award.

The university selects Brenau Scholars for their past and potential academic success, leadership achievement and personal qualities as exemplified in the Brenau Ideal. Brenau Scholars must have an SAT score of 1200 or better or ACT composite score of 27 or better and a 3.2 or better grade point average in a college preparatory curriculum. Students selected for this prestigious scholarship must reside on campus, participate in the Brenau Honor’s Program and the Women’s Leadership Development Program, complete a long-term community service project and maintain grade point average above 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

Here is a listing of the 2011 Brenau Scholars:

Brittany Arthur of Cumming, Ga., an honors graduate of North Forsyth High School, plans to major in pre-Occupational Therapy. She is the daughter of Tracy Arthur. In high school Arthur played lacrosse for all four years in high school. The aspiring health care professional also was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America and Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society. At Brenau she has been elected freshman class treasurer.

Morgan Davis of Butler, Ga., a graduate of Marion County High School, plans to major in English literature. She is the daughter of Nicole Montgomery and Eddie Davis. Her career goal is to teach English and literature at the college level. “Books and writing have been such an amazing outlet for me that it seems almost criminal to not share it with someone else,” she said. “I’m so thankful for this amazing experience at Brenau.”

Abigail Paul of Sugar Hill, Ga., a graduate of North Gwinnett High School, plans to major in theater. She says she wants to pursue a graduate degree in this discipline and teach. “I enjoy working with children and reading for fun when I get the chance,” she said.

Sarah Rooker of Jasper, Ga., a graduate of Pickens County High School, plans to major in history and political science. She is the daughter of Debbie J. Rooker, and the late Mike Rooker. In high school she was p president of the Mock Trial Honor Society, vice president of Future Business Leaders of America, yearbook editor and business manager, and a member of Beta Club. Her long-term goal is to go to law school and become a hospital administrator.

Amy Walls of Braselton, Ga., an honors graduate of Johnson High School, is the daughter of Tommy and Cheryl Walls, who also graduated from Brenau. Walls plans to major in education with a minor in psychology.