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Matthew Turner Wins T.J. Wood Award

The T. J. Wood Award for outstanding achievement by a male student was presented during Berea's 159th Commencement to Matthew Turner of Berea, who received a bachelor of arts degree in religion.

Matthew Turner Wins the T.J. Wood Award

Turner, a religion major with a 3.99 GPA, is a member of the Fleur de Lis, Vincit Qui Patitur, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He is a member of the Roman Catholic Newman Club, and has served as Vice President of Habitat for Humanity, the Growth Chair of the Baptist Student Union, and a tutor in the One-on-One Tutoring Program. He also served as a representative for both the Newman Club and the Baptist Student Union on the Unity and Diversity Committee in 2003.

“I feel that Berea’s motto, Acts 17:26, 'God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth’ has been confirmed to me repeatedly during my time at Berea," says Turner. "Growing up in Madison County, I was unaware of the diversity in the Berea campus body especially in relation to the city and surrounding area… I cannot articulate the meaning that my trips to East St. Louis, Poland, and West Africa had for me in expressing Berea’s motto and values. All I can say and hope is ‘Berea, keep it up.’ ”

Turner has been recognized for his academic excellence with the Bishop Yu Yue Tsu Scholarship, the Seabury Award, the Henry and Edna Austin Scholarship, and the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year Award.

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