2018-19 Scholarships & Awards

Merit Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded to qualified first-year applicants:

  • Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars Program
    Awarding a $23,000 scholarship annually, the Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars program is the premier award for outstanding Berks County high school graduates who thrive in the classroom and outside it, through volunteer and community involvement. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, a minimum SAT score 1100, strong leadership skills, and a record of community service involvement. To learn more, click the link above.
  • Presidential Scholarship
    This is an $20,000 award for qualified recipients.
  • Trustees' Scholarship
    A $18,500 award for qualified recipients.
  • Veronica Founder's Scholarship
    Awards $16,500 to qualified recipients.


Learn more about these scholarships by calling the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 888-ALVERNIA (610-796-8269) or send us an email.

Partnership Awards

The following are awarded to qualified first-year applicants based upon the student's high school. Partnership awards are given to students who enter Alvernia within one year of high school graduation. Students receiving merit scholarships (as listed above) are not eligible for Partnership Awards. Students are eligible for only one Partnership Award.

  • Achievement Award
    This $15,000 award is given to students who maintain a full-time undergraduate status and meet satisfactory academic progress guidelines. The award is granted annually, for a total of $60,000 over four years.
  • Heritage Award
    This $12,500 award is given to full-time day students pursuing a Bachelor's Degree who maintain satisfactory academic requirements. The award is granted annually, for a total of $50,000 over four years.

Affiliation Awards

  • Reading Collegiate Scholars Program
    Select Reading High School students are offered comprehensive scholarship support, financial and otherwise, to assist in earning a Bachelor's Degree. Full details of the program and requirements should be reviewed here. To apply, please complete the required form
  • Allentown/Harrisburg Diocese Award
    Full-time employees of the Allentown Diocese or Harrisburg Diocese and their dependent children will receive a $1,000 non-need based award. A letter from the principal or superintendent verifying employment must be sent to the Office of Student Financial Planning to receive this award. Students may be eligible for additional funding from Alvernia.
  • ROTC Scholarship
    Alvernia University is in collaboration with Lehigh University's ROTC program. Army ROTC scholarships are merit based and provide money for tuition, books and other expenses. Alvernia University provides free room and board for high school winners of three and four-year advance Tier I scholarship recipients.
  • Catholic School Scholarship
    This $1,000 award is offered to first-time, full-time freshmen graduating from a Catholic high school. It can be combined with other awards as well as incorporated into financial aid packages. 
  • Sibling Award
    When two dependent siblings are enrolled full-time in the day academic division simultaneously, a tuition award of $1,000 will be given to each sibling. Students may be eligible for additional funding from Alvernia. Both siblings are required to meet satisfactory academic progress to be eligible.
  • Tuition Exchange
    Tuition exchange is available for students whose parents are employed by a higher education institution that participates in the Tuition Exchange Program. This discount covers up to 100% of tuition minus any federal, state, outside funding. Students are required to pay for all other expenses including but not limited to books, fees, room and board. Tuition exchange students attending the Alvernia are required to file a FAFSA. Contact the Human Resources Office for details.

Transfer Students (Non-International)

The following scholarships are given to qualified full-time undergraduate day students transferring from another institution of higher education who are working toward their first bachelor's degree:

  • Provost Scholarship
    This $13,000 scholarship is given to students who have earned at GPA of 3.5 or higher from all previous institutions.
  • Bernardine Scholarship
    This $11,000 scholarship is given to students who have earned a GPA between 3.25 and 3.49 from all previous institutions.
  • Dean Scholarship
    This $10,000 scholarship is given to students who have earned a GPA between 3.0 and 3.24 from all previous institutions.
  • Community College Partnership Award
    This $3,000 scholarship is given to students who have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average from all previous institutions and transfer from one of our Community College partnership institutions.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship*
    This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students holding current membership in Phi Theta Kappa.

* Students receiving a Merit Scholarship are also eligible to receive the Community College Partnership Award and/or the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships.

International Student Scholarship

An annual $10,000 award is offered to all full-time International Students entering Alvernia University in the Undergraduate Day program. The award is renewable up to four semesters.

Eligible students must have an F-1 Student Visa and meet all admissions criteria listed below. Additionally, students must confirm enrollment by May 1 for fall enrollment and by October 1 for spring enrollment. Confirmations of enrollment completed and received after these deadlines may be considered on a funds-available basis.

  • must hold an F-1 Student Visa
  • TOEFL is waived if:
  • Proper documentation is submitted
  • Student is from an English-speaking country
  • Student has at least two consecutive years of education in an American high school or institution of higher education. A transcript from the American school or institution should suffice as proof unless otherwise determined by the Admissions Office.
  • Award is guaranteed for up for four (4) semesters
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate, degree-granting program on Alvernia's main campus. Students enrolled at other campuses are not eligible.