Bowie State Student with 4.0 GPA Receives $1,500 Hercules Scholarship


Student: Eric Berry

Hometown: North Charleston, S.C.

GPA: 4.0

Classification/Major: Freshman, Computer Technology

Eric Berry named this week’s Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

Eric is a freshman studying computer technology at Bowie State University. His goal is to work in the computer network/cybersecurity field. He and his twin brother, Jackie, who is also a Bowie State student, are the first in their family to attend college.

Before graduating from high school, Eric earned a computer networking certification. At Bowie State, he is a member of the Forensic Technology Information Cyber Squad.


Eric is dedicated to giving back to his community. He has completed hundreds of hours of community service with Meals on Wheels in his hometown. He also volunteers for the career center where he earned his network certification. There, he teaches kids the importance of cyber security and how to protect themselves on the web.

He says that Steve Jobs is the most influential person in his life. He admires Jobs’s creative, innovative ideas and his ability to pull people together.
Like Jobs, Eric has an innovative spirit. He lives by the motto: “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.