The Reading Collegiate Scholars Program was created to increase high school graduation and college attendance rates for students living in Reading.


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. As of the 2022-2023 academic school year, those services are being extended to students who reside within Berks County. Each year, through the generous support of donors, numbers of Berks County students will be offered a tuition-based scholarship to attend Alvernia University.

The Reading Collegiate Scholars Program was designed to serve students from low income and first-generation backgrounds, providing the opportunity to attend a private university and a comprehensive support plan to assist in student success.

Scholars are required to meet with staff members a certain number of times each semester to ensure they are working their way towards graduation, and are required to sign a contract outlining expectations of scholarship.

About the Reading Collegiate Scholars

Scholarship and College Readiness Programs

  • College Readiness programming happens at Reading High School Mondays through Thursdays after school for two hours.
  • Alvernia University work study students tutor Reading high school students to assist in their academic success and knowledge of understanding.
  • Campus visits are provided for Reading High School students on a monthly basis.


RCSP College Readiness Program Highlights

  • Since the program's inception, Alvernia has assisted 65 scholars: 33 have graduated and 21 are still finishing their degrees. There are 44 incoming freshmen scholars for the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Reading Scholars have a combined cumulative GPA of 3.25 – higher than the overall student population GPA.
  • 93% of Reading Collegiate Scholars are first-generation college students.
  • Alvernia supported nearly 750 students throughout the city in 2021-22. To date, more than 1,200 students have been assisted through the program.
     

Testimonials from our Scholars

  • “I am thankful for this scholarship because now I have the opportunity to pursue my dreams while not having to worry about the cost of my education.” -Jonny, Education, Class of 2025
  • “Growing up, I never thought college was possible but this scholarship helped motivate me to do things I never thought I could do and achieve things I never thought I could achieve.” Hao, Engineering, Class of 2026
  • “I am thankful for my scholarship because it has allowed me to pursue my educational dreams and has opened doors for me that I never thought would.” Marisol, Business, Class of 2024
  • “I am thankful for my scholarship because it allowed me the opportunity to continue my education after high school and follow my desired career path. Without it, I would not be going into my last year of nursing school and for that I will be forever grateful for this opportunity granted to me.” Onelia, Nursing, Class of 2023
  • “This scholarship was an answered prayer for me and my family, without it I wouldn’t have been able to chase my dreams of being a nurse.” Melanie, Nursing, 2024

Information for Students

Assisting Students

  • Bridge Programming is a mandatory transitional program for all incoming freshmen scholars. This program assists in the transition of from high school to college by providing academic resources, the opportunity to meet various faculty and staff across campus, and meet other scholars and form relationships before the semester starts. Scholars participate in activities such as time management, study skills, finding their class locations and email etiquette.
  • During the academic year, scholars meet with the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program Manager monthly for support and to ensure they are being connected to the resources that the students need in order to be successful.
     

College Readiness Information

  • College Readiness programming happens at Reading High School Mondays through Thursdays after school for two hours.
  • Alvernia University work study students tutor Reading high school students to assist in their academic success and knowledge of understanding.
  • Campus visits are provided for Reading High School students on a monthly basis.
Scholarships

Alvernia University and Reading Area Community College (RACC) have expanded their dual admission partnership to include full-tuition scholarships for qualified RACC graduates through a special Reading Collegiate Scholars Program, modeled after Alvernia’s highly successful program aimed at the city’s high school students.

Alvernia's expanded Reading Collegiate Scholars Program began with two full-tuition scholarships for qualified RACC graduates beginning fall 2019. Two additional scholarships have been added each year, resulting in a total of six transfer students attending in Fall 2021. In addition, scholarship support will be expanded for all RACC graduates who transfer to Alvernia and meet academic and service criteria.

How do I qualify for the scholarship?

  • Recipients must have earned an Associate's Degree from RACC
  • Maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Live in the city limits of Reading, PA
  • Granted acceptance to Alvernia University and enrolled full-time in the day academic division


To apply, please complete the required form.

 

Reading Collegiate Scholars

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