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Boscov Scholars announced

Date: 3/21/2011

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.

  • 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.