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Alvernia Announces Major New Scholarship Initiative

Date: 10/19/2010

Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars program will be university’s largest, most prestigious scholarship


Alvernia announced a major new scholarship initiative, today — that will benefit Berks County high school students, and eventually students outside the region. The scholarship has been made possible by the generous support of Shirley Boscov, her son Jim, and his wife Cindy.
Beginning Oct. 19, students from Berks county high schools interested in attending Alvernia and majoring in the arts, education, business, or the sciences of health care, may apply for a Boscov Scholarship award which blends merit and need based aid. The amount of each annual award given will be $15,000, making the Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholar Awards the highest merit awards provided by the university. Applications will be reviewed in January and qualified students will be invited for interviews. The program will be expanded to support students outside of the county in ensuing years. 
The Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars program is a dramatic extension of the Joseph L. and Shirley K. Boscov Scholarship Fund, created in 1996 to benefit graduates of Berks County high schools. It has helped many Alvernia students realize their dream of a quality, private, higher education in Berks County. The Boscov Scholars program will build on that tradition and provide further support for deserving students. 
Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars Program will be one of the major sources of scholarship funding available to Alvernia students and is the premier scholarship for local students attending the University,” said J. Michael Pressimone, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Alvernia. “First preference of this four-year renewable scholarship will be given to students graduating from a high school in Berks County who demonstrate a strong record of high school achievement.”
Qualifying students must be admitted to Alvernia in accord with normal admission policies. They must also demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Planning. Contact Alvernia’s Office of Admissions for full requirements of the new Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars Program.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.