Alvernia receives grants to help adult women


Alvernia University has been awarded a grant by The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation to establish both a scholarship fund for the 2016-17 academic year and to help build a long-term endowment to support adult women pursuing undergraduate degrees. The university will match the Newcombe Foundation’s initial grant of $5,000 for immediate use and for $5,000 endowment. A total of $10,000 will be available in 2016-17 to support mature women students.

Women are eligible for the Newcombe Foundation undergraduate scholarships if they are over age 25, have completed 60 college credits towards their first bachelor's degree, earned an academic average of at least 2.50, and have demonstrated financial need.

“This grant recognizes the welcoming and supportive services that Alvernia provides for mature women students, acknowledges the difficult economic circumstances many of them face, and is intended to affirm selected recipients and to mitigate some of their unmet financial need,” said Thomas N. Wilfrid, Ph.D., executive director of The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation.

Berks Women2Women will be a key partner in helping Alvernia to raise matching funds. Managed by the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Women2Women encourages women to create connections, gain knowledge, open doors and build strategic alliances and much more. The organization’s goal is to create more women leaders in Berks County by providing a forum where women from diverse backgrounds can learn, share ideas and mentor each other.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation is an independent foundation that began in 1979, and has since awarded $63.3 million to provide scholarships and fellowships in higher education.

Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Women Students support completion of bachelor's degrees by women who are twenty-five years of age or older who need financial assistance at selected colleges and universities. During 2014-15, Newcombe Scholarships averaging $2,953 were awarded to 613 students at thirty-five colleges and universities.

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