Established in 2014, the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program was created to increase high school graduation and college attendance rates for students living in Reading, while ensuring the success of Reading students enrolled at Alvernia University. Each year, through the generous support of donors, ten Reading High School students are offered a full tuition, eight semester scholarship to attend Alvernia University.


Reading Collegiate Scholars Program (RCSP) College Access Program

Through the Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement, Alvernia University work-study students' mentor and tutor Reading High School students in grades 9 through 12.  Students have the opportunity to explore their after high school options, such as colleges and how to search for schools (i.e. size of the university, choice of major, and more).  AU work-study students assist them with college applications, registering and studying for the SAT/ACT tests, scheduling college visits, applying for scholarships, and various other important steps to beginning their own college experiences.


Reading High School Students:

Programming takes place in the library Mondays through Thursdays, right after school until 4:30pm. Students with questions should contact Courtney Bieber by email:


To qualify for the RCSP Scholarship, students must:

  • Have participated in the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program
  • Live in the city of Reading, PA
  • Have applied and been accepted to Alvernia University


Reading Collegiate Scholarship Application

Reading Collegiate Scholars
Contact Information
Courtney Bieber
Reading Collegiate Scholars Program Manager
Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement
Bernardine Hall 102A
Phone: 610-796-5509