Berry College Students’ Plan to Help Disabled Peers Wins Social Impact Challenge

Two students at Sullivan Foundation partner school Berry College recently won $4,000 for their “Accessibility for All” plan in Berry’s Social Impact Challenge.

Lucy Hicks and Dalton Brantley placed first in the competition sponsored by Berry’s Center for Student Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development (C-SEED). Both are pre-nursing majors, and their plan was to better connect students with disabilities to on-campus resources specifically for them.

Lirio Morales and Millie Carpenter won the audience choice award and took second place. They earned a total of $3,000 for their anti-hunger coalition. Morales, a sociology major, and Carpenter, a pre-business major, are combining their interests to help decrease food insecurity in the Rome, Georgia, community with funding for more nutritional food.

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Olivia Crumbly and Virginia Nash earned $1,000 and finished in third place. They are putting their award toward Adam’s House, a safehouse initiative for male sex-trafficking victims. Crumbly and Nash are both psychology majors and seek to aid men who need emergency and outreach support with domestic violence.

C-SEED’s Social Impact Challenge is an opportunity for individuals and teams to compete for a cash prize while identifying ways to improve the quality of life within a community.

A team called the Cash Cows won first place in Berry College’s first Social Impact Challenge held last April. Team members included Megan Ennesser, Adam Francia, Caroline Landers and Erika Sprecher. Their winning pitch revolved around composting food waste from Berry’s dining hall and paper waste from Hermann Hall and repurposing fallen leaves into biodegradable pots. Profits from the sale of the pots and compost are donated to the Save a Student fund, which provides emergency financial aid for students dealing with difficult situations.

This article has been edited from press releases originally appearing here and here on the Berry College website.

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