Albright awards 23 Shirk scholarships to Berks students

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Published: Jun 12 2013 12:17:23 PM EDT
Albright College

Albright College has awarded the 2013 Eugene L. Shirk Scholarships to 23 students from high schools throughout Berks County.

The individual awards, worth between $70,000 and $100,000 over four years, total about $1.85 million over four years, college officials said.

Shirk Scholar recipients must complete 25 hours of community service each semester and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Applicants are evaluated on five areas: community service, involvement in high school, leadership potential, communication skills and academic ability.

The scholarship winners and their high schools are:

Since its inception in 1995, the Eugene L. Shirk Scholarship program has graduated more than 240 Shirk Scholars, with aid totaling more than $7.5 million.

Albright established the scholarship to honor the late Gene Shirk and encourage Berks County students to follow his lead of community service, leadership, strength of character and commitment to excellence. 

Shirk, who died in 1994 at the age of 92, was a math professor, track and cross-country coach, and manager of the athletic department at Albright. He served two terms as Reading's mayor.