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.