Boscov Scholars announced

BoscovwinnersBIG.jpg Last fall, Alvernia University announced a major new scholarship initiative, made possible by the generous support of the Boscov family: Shirley and Joseph Boscov, their son Jim, and his wife Cindy.

In the months that followed, droves of Berks County high school students applied for the award of $60,000 over the course of four academic years — the highest merit award Alvernia offers. The process included filling out forms about community service and leadership, submitting letters of recommendation, and giving personal interviews.

In the end, 13 local high school seniors — from Boyertown to Twin Valley — received personal phone calls from Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D., congratulating them on their successes so far, and alerting them that they have been chosen as 2011 Joseph and Shirley Boscov Scholars.

“This is a unique and prestigious award, and I was delighted to make those calls,” said Flynn. The Boscovs Scholars Award is available to Berks County students interested in majoring in the arts, education, business, the sciences, or health care at Alvernia University.

The 2011 Boscov Scholars are:

Karissa Brusca, Twin Valley High School
Christopher Bucks, Tulpehocken High School
Victoria Cameron, Wyomissing High School
Robert Hausch, Twin Valley High School
Andrew Kaucher, Wyomissing High School
Brittany Kurtz, Hamburg High School
Justin Padinske, Schuylkill Valley High School
Samantha Rabuck, Boyertown High School
Jenne Rivera, Reading High School
Allison Rodgers, Boyertown High School
Andrew Sandridge, Wilson High School
Kevin Shainline, Pope John Paul II High School
Alissa Yenser, Schuylkill Valley High School

Boscov Scholarships are renewable for up to four years and include immediate acceptance into the University Honors program.

“The Boscov family has long supported students at Alvernia as well as the entire Reading and Berks County community,” said Flynn. “They have been — and continue to be — a fixture of community leadership, holding education as an important foundation in their philanthropic work.”

Visit the Financial Aid webpage to learn more about the Joseph and Shirley Boscov Scholars program and other scholarships Alvernia offers.

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