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Berner endowed scholarship at CCU benefits engineering students

The Walter T. Berner Jr. Endowed Scholarship at Coastal Carolina University will benefit students enrolled in the College of Science’s dual-degree engineering program. Berner’s wife, Muriel Berner, and daughter Claudia Berner recently established the fund in his memory.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be rising sophomores and enrolled in the program, which offers the opportunity to begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree at CCU while preparing for an engineering degree from Clemson University. The scholarship recipient will spend three years at CCU majoring in one of four degrees and then spend two years and one summer at Clemson majoring in one of eight engineering degrees that is compatible with their major at CCU. While at Clemson, the student will complete the remaining courses needed for the CCU degree.

“Higher education is expensive,” said Claudia Berner. “It’s hard for many people to afford. This scholarship is inspired by my father’s love of learning. 

He would be very proud to see new engineers join the workforce since engineering was his passion.”

A native of Miami, Fla., Walter Berner earned a mechanical engineering degree from Tulane University. He served in the U.S. Navy and was an engineer with Exxon for more than 40 years. He died in 2010.

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