Linda Ludgate with award

Luncheon supports scholarship for mature students


Linda Ludgate is recipient of the first-ever Bernardine Legacy Award presented by Alvernia University Women’s Council during its sold-out inaugural fall luncheon. The award honors Ludgate for her distinguished career and for serving as a leader and role model for women. A senior judge in Berks County, Ludgate also is an Alvernia alumna (‘77) and trustee emerita.


Maria Harley, also featured during the luncheon, is recipient of the Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Students, a partnership between Alvernia and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation. Harley graduated from Alvernia in 2017 with a degree in behavioral health and a minor in psychology. As program director at Merakey Behavioral Health, she shared during her remarks that she doubled her income after graduating from Alvernia.  


Proceeds from the luncheon support the efforts of the Women’s Council as well as the Newcombe Scholarship Fund. The Newcombe Foundation offers scholarships to women 25 and older who have completed 60 credits required toward their undergraduate degree.  Alvernia is one of a limited number of colleges selected by the foundation to offer these scholarships. 


The Alvernia University Women’s Council fosters the personal and professional development of Alvernia women at all life stages, strengthens their connection to the university and each other and educates and inspires them to pursue and grow in leadership roles both in their chosen profession and the greater community.