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Berks County college bets $10 million on Reading students

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 28, 2014 1:25 AM
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Reading Senior High School in Reading, Pa. Alvernia University is planning to award as many as 20 full-tuition scholarships per year to high school graduates from Reading, one of the nation's poorest cities.

(Reading) -- Public schools in Reading are plagued by low test scores in reading, math and science, and fewer than 70 percent of its students graduate high school.

Yet, as another school year gets underway, Reading's Alvernia University is placing a $10 million bet it can help kids in one of the nation's poorest cities get ready to do college work  and to succeed once they get there.

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Alvernia University freshman Melisa Rivera poses for a portrait on the campus in Reading. Rivera is one of five students from Reading to receive full-tuition scholarships from Alvernia as part of a program to help high school students in one of the nation's poorest cities.

The first five students selected for the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program have joined Alvernia's freshman class, flush with full-tuition scholarships and plenty of support to help them make the transition from high school to college.

Scholarship student Melisa Rivera says there's "no obstacle'' she can't overcome.

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