Alvernia offers Real-World Experience Awards to financially assist students for a variety of experiential opportunities, without reducing the amount of financial aid a student already has been awarded.


Launched in 2016, these competitive awards of up to $2,000 per experience support student participation in:

  • Internships (to help with travel or living expenses when the internship is away from Alvernia or from a student's home)
  • Study Away Experiences (such as a study abroad program or a domestic experience like The Washington Center)
  • Alternative Breaks (to defray the extra costs of participation for a first-time participant)
  • Undergraduate research (for non SURF participants)

Applications will be evaluated on a variety of criteria, including academic performance, extra/co-curricular involvement at Alvernia, and the degrees to which the proposed experiences will add to a student's progress toward fulfilling our mutual mission to become:


"Broadly educated, life-long learners; Reflective professionals and engaged citizens; And ethical leaders with moral courage."


All students are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to students that have not accessed this fund before.

Financial Aid Opportunities
How to Apply
Applications may be submitted throughout the academic year,
but will be reviewed after the following dates:

October 31, 2018

December 15, 2018

February 15, 2019

April 30, 2019 
Visit the Holleran Center for Community & Global Engagement in Bernardine Hall 102, or email