Charlotte Collins, from Dallas, Texas, a member of the Class of 2014 at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded the G. Holbrook Barber Scholarship Award.
The Barber Scholarship Award honors a member of the junior class who manifests superior qualities of helpfulness and friendliness to fellow students, public spirit, scholarship and personal character.
"It is hard to imagine a student who better 'manifests superior qualities of helpfulness and friendliness' than Charlotte," said Kirk Luder, University counselor and psychiatrist. "She has had an unfailingly compassionate and non-judgmental attitude toward peers in distress, and has often gone the extra mile in providing them needed support."
Collins is a psychology major and poverty and human capability studies minor with a pre-medical focus. She was head peer counselor and president of Active Minds, which increases awareness of issues surrounding mental health symptoms. She belongs to LIFE, the Student Recruitment Committee and was the philanthropy chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Collins belongs to the Bonner Leaders Program and in the past has volunteered at many non-profit organizations, including Campus Kitchens, Big Brother/Big Sister, Rockbridge Area Free Clinic and Waddell Elementary School. She also is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
"I've worked with many other peer counselors who have been idealistic, outreaching and compassionate, but in the last nine years that I have supervised the program, I have never seen another student who has been as actively and positively engaged as Charlotte in broad efforts to help the W&L community," said Luder.