Every member of our community – students, parents and alumni — experiences Alvernia in a different way. How have your gifts to the Alvernia Fund helped them? Keep reading and find out.
Taylor Lynn Flemming ‘15
Emma S. Yoh Memorial Education Scholarship Award Winner
Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. From a young age, I chased that dream and now I am close to accomplishing it. It has not come easy and there have been academic and financial challenges along the way. At one point, people were telling me I wasn’t going to make the cut as a teacher and suggested that I change my major. Instead, I just worked harder. My hard work helped me overcome my challenges and I will graduate in May with my teaching degree. When I stand in front of a classroom, I know I’m meant to be there. I’m going to be a teacher, and I’m going to change lives along the way. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
To be selected as the first-ever recipient of the Emma S. Yoh Memorial Education Scholarship from such a highly competitive group of students is a tremendous honor. This showed me that my hard work was noticed and that the education faculty saw in me what Emma would have expected a teacher to be. I am now an example for others to show them that is it possible to achieve your dreams and you should never give them up.
Casey M. Green ‘15
Larrie S. Thomas Memorial Scholarship Award Winner
I have always been fascinated by the work that law enforcement performs. To work in the criminal justice field has been my dream and I am now on the verge of accomplishing it. Throughout my college career, I have worked three jobs to pay for school. Juggling the demands of classwork and multiple jobs has been frustrating at times. Sometimes, I wondered if it would all be worth it. I worked hard to overcome these challenges and in May I will graduate with my criminal justice degree.
As the recipient of the Larrie S. Thomas Memorial Scholarship, my dedication was noticed and the criminal justice faculty trust me to honor Larrie’s memory by excelling in a career that was cut short for her.
It is an amazing feeling to know that people who do not know me personally care enough to invest in my future and allow me to complete my education. This scholarship has touched my heart and inspires me each day to live up to the legacy that Larrie has left behind.