Ten Alvernia Students Receive Real World Experience Awards


Ten Alvernia University students have been given awards this September to explore unique real world learning experiences. The awards are provided through the university’s new Real-World Experience Award program that is geared to expand students’ access to experiential learning opportunities in all academic areas.

Students applying for Real World Experience Awards receive up to $2,000 to support participation in a variety of opportunities, including Alvernia’s Washington Center program, undergraduate research, studying abroad, distance internships, alternative break experiences and service-learning. Importantly, the awards will not reduce the amount of any financial aid students already receive.

Students earning awards include:

Junior Biochemistry major Hannah Asbury, Chambersburg, Pa., for a biochemical research project, studying neural pathways in frogs;

Doctor in Physical Therapy student Alexandra Brosky, Alburtis, Pa., for a distance internship at Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville, Pa.;

Senior Nursing major Kylie Grabowski-Funk, Wilmington, Del., to participate in a “Work the World” Mission Trip;

Junior Behavioral Health major Sheree Kennedy, Lindenwold, N.J., to participate in a distance Fall Practicum at ACTS Family Shelter in Philadelphia, Pa.;

Senior Accounting and Business Management major April Kump, Hanover, Pa., to take part in a Washington Center Experience with the Department of Small and Local Business Development;

Senior Biochemistry major Nina Lygeris, Flushing, N.Y., for an internship at Red Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.;

Senior Biology major Caroline McCormick, Sinking Spring, Pa., to complete a biology research project on frog brain information processing;

Junior Psychology major Arielle Phillips, Old Bridge, N.J., to complete a psychology research project on human relationships;

Sophomore Forensic Science/Chemistry major Lauren Pierce, Enfield, Conn., for an internship with the Berks County Coroner's Office; and

Senior Criminal Justice major Delaney Reynolds, Dickson City, Pa., to take part in a Washington Center Experience with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Real World Learning Award applications are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including academic performance, extra/co-curricular involvement at Alvernia, and the degrees to which the proposed experiences will add to a student's progress toward fulfilling our mutual mission to become: "Broadly educated, life-long learners; Reflective professionals and engaged citizens; And ethical leaders with moral courage."

New applications for Real World Experience Awards will be accepted this fall. Visit to explore your options.

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