September

Ten Alvernia Students Receive Real World Experience Awards

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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 www.alvernia.edu/realworldlearning to explore your options.

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