Penn State Berks Advisory Board creates new scholarship for students

WYOMISSING, Pa. — In an effort to support students in the Penn State Berks service area, the Penn State Berks Advisory Board Annual Scholarship has been created by the Penn State Berks Advisory Board, which is composed of community leaders from a variety of fields, including education, government and industry.

The Penn State Berks Advisory Board Annual Scholarship will be awarded to full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled or who plan to enroll at Penn State Berks. First preference shall be given to students who graduated from a high school located within the Penn State Berks service area.

“The Advisory Board is so pleased to be able to create this scholarship to support Penn State Berks students,” said Pamela Shupp Menet, chair of the Penn State Berks Advisory Board and director of Community and Economic Development for the County of Berks. “Our campus offers a great educational and life experience, and we want to support the students who choose Penn State Berks.”

Annual contributions will be divided to provide two scholarships each year: one will be awarded to an incoming student and one will be awarded to a returning student. Each scholarship will be awarded for one academic year and may be renewed for subsequent years providing the recipient continues to meet the conditions of eligibility and funds are available.

This scholarship is just the latest example of support that the Advisory Board has bestowed upon the college. In 2013, the board established the Penn State Berks Research and Scholarship Support Award, which supports faculty in their scholarly pursuits. Past awards were presented for research on Black churches and clergy in the struggle for criminal justice reform; the role of calculators and rote memorization in mathematical problem solving; and education in biodiversity through art and science, just to name a few.

“I am excited to work with an advisory board who is proactive in supporting the students, faculty and staff here at Penn State Berks, not only with their scholarships, but also with their ideas and ultimately with their time, as they participate in regular efforts connected to the board, and also attend campus events,” said Todd Migliaccio, interim chancellor of Penn State Berks.

With the record-breaking success of “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” which raised $2.2 billion from 2016 to 2022, philanthropy is helping to sustain the University’s tradition of education, research and service to communities across the commonwealth and around the globe. Scholarships enable our institution to open doors and welcome students from every background, support for transformative experiences allows our students and faculty to fulfill their vast potential for leadership, and gifts toward discovery and excellence help us to serve and impact the world we share. To learn more about the impact of giving and the continuing need for support, visit