Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars Program

The Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars program is the premier award for outstanding local high school graduates attending Alvernia University who thrive in the classroom as well as outside through volunteer and community involvement.

The scholarship has been established to help committed and hard working students realize their dream of a quality, private, higher education right here in Berks County. The deadline for application is typically January first of the year you wish to begin attending Alvernia. For example, if you want to start classes in the Fall semester of 2021, the deadline for this scholarship application is January 1, 2021.*

*As this deadline has passed, application for the 2021 award is now closed.


Eligibility Requirements

Boscov Scholars are new students matriculating full time at Alvernia who are residents of Berks county and recent high school graduates (within one calendar year). In addition, candidates should also possess the following qualities:

  • Demonstrate a solid record of high school achievement to be exemplified by a minimum 3.5 GPA and a score of 1100 SAT (24 ACT)^, strong leadership and community service
  • Express an interest in the following academic areas: The Arts, Business, Teacher Education, Healthcare, or the Sciences
  • Financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Planning


Test scores are optional for 2021-22 academic term due to limited test availability during COVID-19 quarantine.

Qualified candidates must complete an application for admission to Alvernia University, as well as complete the online application for the Boscov Scholarship. Boscov applicants must also submit one letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to the applicant's commitment to community service and leadership qualities.

The Scholarship Committee will then review all completed applications to determine a pool of finalists.

Award Amounts

  • Final candidates will receive a $25,000 award renewable for up to four years. Students who are awarded the Boscov Scholars Award, will receive this in place of any previously offered Merit Scholarships.
  • Scholars will automatically be enrolled into the University Honors Program.

The scholarship is renewable as long as recipients maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, continue be a full time student and engage in service to the University and the community.

For questions concerning the Shirley and Joseph Boscov Scholars Program, please call the Alvernia Undergraduate Admissions Office at (610) 796-8269 or email