Alumni Association of the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences – Nursing Program Scholarship Fund
The Nursing Program Scholarship Fund was started by the Alumni Association of the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences. The group began in 1895 now has 1,500 lifetime members. Its mission is “to promote professional and educational advancement of nursing by providing scholarships and offering educational programs.” To help achieve this goal, the association started the Nursing Program Scholarship Fund to help academically successful enrollees in the program with a financial need.
Arrow International Scholarship Fund
In 2009, Berks County Community Foundation became administrator of the Arrow International Scholarship Fund, which was reestablished with $1.7 million in proceeds from the Arrow International Scholarship Trust. The trust had been dissolved when Arrow International, a medical equipment manufacturing company, was sold to Teleflex in 2008. The donation initially made by Robert L. McNeil Jr., an Arrow shareholder, still is able to benefit the community through this new scholarship fund. McNeil joined his family company that started out as a small pharmacy in Philadelphia and eventually became McNeil Laboratories under his leadership. McNeil brought generic Tylenol to the market, explaining that it was better than aspirin since it didn’t irritate the stomach, making it worth the higher cost. He gave the drug its generic name – acetaminophen. He was more than just a successful pharmacist and businessman; he was a philanthropist whose various donations and scholarships continue to help people today.
Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund
Established in 2006 in partnership with the Reading Royals hockey team, the Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund is supported by an annual Battle of the Badges hockey game between the Reading Fire Department and Reading Police Department. The benefit game is played in remembrance of two Reading policemen: Officer Michael H. Wise II and Officer Scott A. Wertz. Officer Wise was killed by accidental gunfire in June of 2004 when he was on call as an undercover officer. Officer Wertz was fatally wounded in the line of duty in August 2006 when he responded to the scene of a fight at a convenience store. In honor of the two men who not only fearlessly served their communities but were loving fathers as well, this scholarship is offered to children of active, retired, or deceased firemen or policemen.
Berks County Association of School Retirees Scholarship Fund
The Berks County Association of School Retirees (BCASR), the local chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, started its scholarship and mini grant program with a $3,000 endowment in 2010. The group has 1,250 members who are retired from employment in a school district or a higher education institution in Berks County. BCASR started the fund to award scholarships to students with a GPA of more than 3.5 and who plan to become a teacher
Berks County Scholastic Athletic Trainers’ Association Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was established in 2008 by the Berks County Scholastic Athletic Trainers’ Association. The association’s mission is to “further the athletic training profession and increase the safety of athletics by developing relationships and sharing knowledge with area physicians, referee associations, coaches, school districts, youth athletic programs, and other health professionals, providing learning opportunities for its members, and raising funds to award graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in athletic training with scholarships.”
Building Industries Exchange of Reading and Berks County Fund
The Building Industries Exchange of Reading (BIEX) provided a place for contractors and builders to view blueprints and designs in the age before digital files made the hard copies obsolete. In 2013, BIEX used its remaining assets to create a fund at Berks County Community Foundation to support capital projects at Berks County nonprofit organizations and to provide scholarships for those going into the trades.
Byron F. “Corky” Knoll Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Byron F. “Corky” Knoll, Jr. Corky had a love for the game of golf and an interest in the grounds the game is played on. After serving four years in the Army, in 1961 Corky enrolled in Penn State University’s golf course maintenance program, graduating in 1962. He started working at Moselem Springs Golf Club in 1963 as assistant course superintendent. From 1965 to 1966, he transferred to DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. He returned to Moselem Springs Golf Club in 1966 and spent the next 36 years as golf course superintendent, retiring in 2004.
Corky passed away in 2006 at the age of 67. This scholarship fund was established by Corky’s family and friends to honor his memory. This fund provides an annual scholarship to a male or female senior from one of the Berks County school districts (public or parochial) who are planning to attend college to major in either Professional Turfgrass Management or the Professional Golf Management Program, with preference given to students who intend to further their education in the field of Professional Turfgrass Management.
Carpenter Technology Retired Employees Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2005 by a retired Carpenter Technology employee, Dan Kubacki. Mr. Kubacki worked at Carpenter Technology for 41 years before retiring from his position as Supervisor in the Hot Rolling Mills in 1981. Kubacki was also a veteran, and an avid athlete, often refereeing for several local scholastic sports teams before and after his retirement. He established the fund to benefit the children of employees of Carpenter Technology, a company that meant a lot to him throughout his life, and to provide a vehicle for other retired employees to add to this fund.
Carrol A. and L. May Weimer Memorial Scholarship Fund
Carrol A. Weimer devoted his entire life to farming and ranching in Nucla, Colo., which he loved to call home. He was a pioneer in cattle ranching, always looking for better ways to produce the finest beef cattle. He loved farming and cattle ranching, traveling, dancing, and life in general. Carrol was one of six students who graduated from Nucla High School in 1939. Since his graduation, three more generations of Weimers have graduated from Nucla. Carrol met L. May in Nucla after she moved there from Rico, Colo. They married in 1941 and were lifelong loving partners. Carrol passed away in 2007 and L. May passed away in 2011. This scholarship fund was established in memory of Carrol and L. May by their family and friends.
Community General Hospital Foundation/ June A Roedel Healthcare Scholarship Fund
For a woman who spent so much of her life helping others achieve their goals, a scholarship program named in her memory is a fitting tribute. June A. Roedel (1929-1996) was a positive, sensitive and caring woman who generously volunteered her time and many talents to charitable organizations throughout the Berks County community. For more than 10 years, she played an integral role at Community General Hospital serving as vice chairman of the hospital trustees in 1987 and as chairman from 1989 to 1992. Roedel was also the vice president of the United Way of Pennsylvania, and was also involved with the Berks County Community Foundation as co-chairman of the development committee, and serving on the board. It was her vision and leadership that helped initiate this scholarship program.
Dave McCanney Scholarship Fund
During the first part of David McCanney’s professional career, he was employed in the corporate lending and/or bankruptcy departments at American/Meridian Bank and Wilmington Trust Bank. Later, while working full time, he attended Widener University Law School in the evenings. Upon graduation, he joined Stevens & Lee/Griffin Financial Group in Reading where he worked until his death in April 2012. While he enjoyed his professional career, his passion was to enrich children’s lives. He became involved with the Olivet Boys & Girls Club as a board member. He also was very involved in the Wilson Junior Soccer Club in many capacities, serving as president and as a coach and a board member. He also was the Wilson High School Girls Lacrosse coach. David loved spending his time coaching youth sports, playing soccer, and providing guidance to community organizations.
Diana M. Everson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Diana M. Everson enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching. She was intrigued and fascinated by many aspects of the world. She didn’t just live life; she studied and explored life. She was an avid reader and liked adventure and the boating life. Diana taught her five children to savor and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Whenever an unexpected or disappointing circumstance arose, Diana’s response was always to seek a positive solution. Diana and her husband of 45 years, Eugene, founded, owned and operated Zee Medical Service of Reading for 32 years and traveled together extensively across the highways and waterways of North America as well as abroad. Diana passed away in 2006 at the age of 71. This scholarship fund was established in 2007 in memory of Diana by her family.
Earl and Mary Redner and Gary W. Redner Scholarship Fund
Earl Redner, and his wife, Mary, founded the first two Redner’s stores in 1970. The idea came to him to open the first employee-owned grocery store because he had worked in the food industry since he was just 16 years old and saw firsthand how employee-management relationships could easily crumble. Mary pitched in her savings account from teaching and, along with Earl’s stock holdings, Redner’s Markets became a reality. Since then, the company has grown but has stayed in the family and retained all the same values as when it started. To further give back to their employees, the scholarship funds were created in memory of Earl and Mary Redner and their son, the late Gary W. Redner.
Edith Dohner Fund
Edith Dohner, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 99, was always a hard worker in school and for her family’s business, Dohner Memorials, and for her community. After graduating from Reading High All Girls High School, she worked at Dohner Memorials for 53 years. She started selling tombstones door to door and eventually ran the company after her father passed away and her brother joined the army. The company is still in business today, though it has been sold to new owners. In addition to working full time, Dohner taught Sunday School for about 70 years. Perhaps her love of teaching and the importance she placed on education sparked her interest in storytelling. She belonged to the Storytellers Guild of America and could often be found reading or telling stories of her own.
Educational Improvement Tax Credit/Berks County Scholarship Tax Credit Fund AND Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarship Fund
Scholarship tax credits allow low-income families to pay tuition for their children’s private schooling. The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who reside within the attendance boundary of a state-defined low-achieving school and plan to attend a school that is participating in the program. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program provides scholarships to residents of Berks County who pay tuition to attend kindergarten through 12th grade in public or private schools located in Pennsylvania. Fourteen states currently have a scholarship tax credit program. These two funds at the Berks County Community Foundation exist because of donations by local businesses. In 2014, the funds helped children K-12 with families who had an income under $12,646.
Elizabeth Horvath Swimming Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by Stephanie Hunsberger to commemorate the influence that her grandmother, Elizabeth Horvath had on Stephanie’s achievements and focus toward goals. Elizabeth encouraged Stephanie to remember that in difficult times we must fill our hearts with understanding and compassion, always focusing on the improvement of ourselves. Elizabeth inspired Stephanie to remember that when it seems like we are alone in our lane, there is always something greater along for the swim that is able to lift our arms and move our legs to the wall.
This fund will provide scholarships to seniors graduating from Berks County high schools who intend to further their education after high school in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, who swam on a high school or club swim team in at least their senior year of high school, and are intending to swim on the college team or the college club team.
Elizabeth Martelli Scholarship Fund
In a tragic car accident on March 22, 2008, 24-year-old Elizabeth Martelli passed away. An accomplished actress and writer in the prime of her life, Martelli was also a graduate from Reading High School and was attending Kutztown University. She was published in the Reading Eagle while writing for its Voices section in high school, and continued her own private writing of poetry and prose throughout her life. Her parents, Nick and Ruth Martelli, started this scholarship fund to honor her life and help her memory live on. The scholarships are awarded to Reading High School seniors who also have a talent and passion for writing.
Eppihimer Scholarship Fund
While still in office, former Reading Mayor Joseph D. Eppihimer and his wife, Judy, created the Eppihimer Scholarship Fund to provide financial support for those in the City of Reading pursuing education for mechanical and industrial trades. Mayor Eppihimer chose to support this educational track because he was a plumber in the Reading School District for more than two decades. The couple gave $5,000 every year he was in office, from 2000 to 2004. He stated that he’s “always wanted to give something back to the kids of Reading. Establishing this fund will allow kids from the city to have the kinds of opportunities that Judy and I have had to live in this great city and raise a family.”
Fund for the Advancement of Access to Justice
In 2010, the Berks County Bar Association established the Fund for the Advancement of Access to Justice. The Berks County Bar Association, a nonprofit organization aimed at professional development, has about 650 attorney members in Berks County. Its mission is “to support the legal profession by promoting professional excellence, encouraging collegiality and exercising advocacy on its behalf.” This fund covers the cost of Berks County residents who want to become certified legal interpreters and intend to work in Berks County.
Graduate Nurse Scholarship Fund
Established in 1919, and later transferred to the Berks County Community Foundation, the Graduate Nurse Scholarship Fund has a long and intriguing history. It honors three women from Berks County who died serving as nurses in World War I. Marie Hidell, Eleanor Cassidy, and Mary J. Scheirer all passed away after caring for soldiers suffering from influenza. The three women were graduates of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing, which started in 1889. The women were dedicated to their country and their responsibilities as nurses. For instance, Hidell risked her life to nurse 188 patients who no one else would help because they had contracted influenza, an action that resulted in her being posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the highest medal for bravery. In their honor, the Graduate Nurse Scholarship Fund is awarded to graduates of the School of Nursing and members of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing who are pursuing an advanced degree in a health-related field. Additional funds came from Berks Hematology/Oncology, which raised money in honor of longtime employee Karen Krick’s retirement in 2010. An annual scholarship will be awarded in Karen’s name. Nurse Marie Hidell is pictured.
Greg Prosseda Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2005 in memory of Greg Prosseda. Gregory Joseph Prosseda was born Sept. 13, 1946 in Milton, Pa. He was an extremely dedicated family man and a hard worker. As a child, one of his proudest accomplishments was being an Eagle Scout. He was raised working in a restaurant owned by his parents and later he worked for the family construction business. After graduating from the University of Baltimore, he moved to the Reading area to begin a real estate career lasted almost 25 years. Greg was a successful businessman and an accomplished golfer. His shelves were filled with awards from both the real estate and golf communities. His success in business and his love for golf were only surpassed by his success as a loving and compassionate husband and father. Greg was honest, generous to a fault, forgiving, intelligent and fair. He insisted that there was a right way to do any job. His memory is cherished by his many family, friends and colleagues.
GRIP Dreamer Scholarship Fund
The Greater Reading Immigration Project (GRIP) is an organization in Reading that “explore[s] how the educational, business, and social service community can deal with the issue of immigration” and “advocate[s] on behalf of immigration reform and individuals looking to navigate the immigration process in the United States.” The establishment of this scholarship fund helps talented students obtain funding for further schooling, since their immigration status makes them ineligible for State and Federal financial aid. These young people are members of the community, and have the potential to become tomorrow’s leaders through education. The scholarships help make a dream a reality.
Hamburg Area/Schuylkill Valley Association of School Retirees Scholarship Fund
The Hamburg Area/Schuylkill Valley Association of School Retirees established a scholarship fund in 2010. The members (those receiving a pension form the Hamburg Area/Schuylkill Valley school districts) gave generous donations to start the scholarship. The goal is to help high-preforming students who are pursuing a degree in the education field.
Helen M. Clymer Scholarship Fund
A donor who wished to remain anonymous established this fund in 1999 in memory of Helen M. Clymer. The goal of the scholarship is to help single mothers go back to school for post-secondary education.
Henry E. Williams Jr. Memorial Golf Award
Born in Reading in 1917, Henry E. Williams Jr. called Berks County home for his whole life. He and his sister learned to golf from their father, a professional golfer. Some of Henry Jr.’s career highlights are his wins at the 1952 Tucson Open and the 1962 Jamaica Open. He competed in many other tournaments – twelve PGA Championships, seven U.S. Opens, two Masters Tournaments, and several others in Pennsylvania. While competing professionally, he was also the head professional of several golf clubs in Berks County, one of the last golfers to do both. This scholarship was set up in 2002 in his memory by his family.
Hispanic Center Scholarship Fund – Non-Traditional Student &Traditional Student
In 1998, fundraising efforts began to establish the Hispanic Center Scholarship Fund. The event, orchestrated by the Daniel Torres Hispanic Center, was a celebratory, three-day Fiesta Latina at the Fairgrounds Square Mall featuring master wood-carver Jacobo Angeles from the Oaxacan Valley in southern Mexico, art workshops for Reading Area School District students, live music from local Latin performers that sparked dancing, and a dinner dance featuring Brenda K. Starr at the Riveredge. There was also a silent auction and a raffle. Through all these events, more than $7,000 was raised, and the Puerto Rican carnival committee gave a donation of $3,500 to the fund.
Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund
After their son the untimely death of their son, Howard, Helen and Richard Fox and several of his friends established a law scholarship fund in his memory. Howard was a member of the Berks County Bar Association and was employed as an attorney in the Public Defender’s Office.
Iris M. Balthaser Adam Scholarship Fund
Iris M. Balthaser Adam was a school teacher for 30 years at the Hamburg Area School District. When she passed away in 1991, her family was determined to honor her memory. The family established the Iris M. Balthaser Adam Scholarship Fund in 2014 so that she could continue to help students learn even after her passing.
Irv Noll Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was established at Berks County Community Foundation in 2006 in memory of Irv Noll. Irv was an intensely competitive person who made his way through life through hard work and took advantage of the opportunities that came his way. Professionally, he worked his way up the corporate ladder to be a senior management executive with Narrow Fabric Industries. He was a person who embraced life and made other people feel that they were a special part of his life. He helped other people without expecting anything in return or recognition for that help. Irv was a great athlete who played basketball, baseball and golf during school and later in life. This scholarship was established after Irv’s death by family and friends to memorialize the spirit that represents Irv “Pug” Noll.
Jim and Margie Fegley Orchestral String Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2013 by Marjorie Fegley in memory of her husband, James E. Fegley, who passed away in 2003. Jim and Margie Fegley opened Fegley’s Violin Shop from their home in Reading in 1979. Fegley’s Violin Shop began providing services to the local stringed instrument community but soon the business expanded to provide quality work for students and professional players throughout the country. Jim became interested in working with stringed instruments at an early age. Starting in 1962, he began apprenticing with various prominent luthiers in the United States. Jim had considered a professional music career while playing in area symphonies but his mechanical inclination and desire to work with his hands guided him to become a craftsman.