Robert Graves and Tom Phillips, longtime volunteers at the Greater Philadelphia Book Bank, have established a new scholarship at the College. The Book Bank, which gave new life to used textbooks for 18 years, closed in 2007. For Graves and Phillips, creating the Greater Philadelphia Book Bank Award was a perfect chance to continue their commitment to ensuring that students in Philadelphia have the books they need to learn and excel in education.
The Greater Philadelphia Book Bank Award will provide financial assistance to two students at the College pursuing their associate’s degrees in Culture, Science and Technology; Science; or Engineering Science. Each year, two students will be awarded up to $500 for the purchase of textbooks in the College Bookstore during the academic year.
In partnership with AlliedBarton Security Services, the College is also pleased to introduce another new scholarship opportunity. The AlliedBarton Security Services Scholarship is open to high school seniors and first-time college students who indicate an interest in the College’s Justice program. The scholarship includes an award of up to $7,200 and a paid internship with AlliedBarton. It is an invaluable chance for students to get the financial assistance to complete a degree and the hands-on experience they need for a successful career.
The First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia established a scholarship for one student at the College who is working toward an associate’s degree. In keeping with the mission of the church, the recipient of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia Scholarship must also be active in community service.
Supported by the generous contributions of First Presbyterian’s congregation, the church’s Mission Committee awarded Science major Sandy Widura a $3,500 tuition scholarship.
Widura is an ideal candidate for the scholarship. She keeps herself busy with a full academic schedule and maintains a high grade point average. Widura also is committed to helping others, as is evident in her volunteer work distributing blankets and clothing to homeless individuals in Philadelphia and in her role as a tutor in the College’s Learning Lab.