Turner Meeks from Haymarket, Va., a member of the Class of 2015 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.
"Turner has distinguished himself as an exemplary Peer Counselor in virtually every way this year. He has been passionately committed to the program and has gone above and beyond to provide help and support to other students," said Kirk Luder, University counselor and psychiatrist.
Meeks is a mathematics major. He is a peer counselor and serves as a counseling resource for first-year students. He is the president of 24: Student-Athlete Support Group, is sergeant-at-arms and primary risk management officer for Kappa Alpha Order, is a disc jockey for WLUR radio and music team leader for the Reformed University Fellowship.
Meeks has been a member of the W&L's varsity football team since his freshman year and belongs to the Literacy Campaign volunteering with classroom reading in a local elementary school. He also belongs to Think Tank on Social Issues which aims to create an ideal social climate for all students. Meeks is also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"Turner personifies friendliness, warmth and kindness, and lives the philosophy that one must be a friend anywhere, anytime, to anyone," said Luder. "I have worked with many other exceptional students, but none with a bigger heart or more passionate commitment to the helping spirit of the PC program than Turner."