(text) The Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program at Penn State Berks

Penn State Berks accepting applications for Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program

Scholarship program for outstanding incoming students provides $7,000 for 2021-22

Penn State Berks is now accepting applications for the Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program, a comprehensive scholarship program for outstanding first-year students. Each Cohen-Hammel Fellow will receive a scholarship of $7,000 for the 2021-22 academic year, plus additional funding to assist in community service, supplies, and research with their faculty mentors.

That same scholarship will be awarded for all four years of enrollment at Penn State Berks, as long as the student fulfills the requirements and remains in the program.

High school seniors must apply to Penn State Berks for entry into a Berks four-year degree via Early Action by Nov. 1. The separate Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program applications must be submitted by Nov. 16.

The Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program is designed to prepare students to become engaged and ethical leaders in the 21st century. Each year, a cohort of outstanding undergraduates across all academic disciplines will receive a combination of scholarship support; mentoring from faculty and community leaders; and educational opportunities such as undergraduate research, travel, and service within the Greater Reading community. Through a combination of rigorous academic study and research, service and outreach in the community, and a shared contemplation of what it means to be an ethical leader in the 21st century, the Cohen-Hammel Fellows will discover their own potential for impact.

The Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program was made possible through a generous gift from two Penn State alumni couples — Irv and Lois Cohen and Victor and Dena Hammel.

Applicants will be evaluated on their academic achievements, record of service leadership, and an essay. Fellows will be evaluated annually for their progress toward the program’s requirements, and they will be expected to maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher to remain in the program.

For more information on the Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program or to apply, visit cohen-hammel-fellows.psu.edu.