ACCESS Awards Three Scholarships

by Tom McNamara | Dec 05, 2013

ACCESS Pocetto Scholarship RecipientsFather Alexander Pocetto, OSFS, retired senior vice president of DeSales University and co-founder of the school's ACCESS program (center) present Andrew Kabrick (left) and Debra Springer (right) with the Pocetto Scholarship. 

The DeSales University ACCESS Program recently awarded three scholarships.

Two ACCESS students, Debra Springer and Andrew Kabrick, were recently awarded the Father Alexander Pocetto, OSFS, Scholarship. 

Springer is an accounting major from Bethlehem and Kabrick is a dual major, accounting and finance, from Allentown. The presentation of the scholarship occurred during National Non-Traditional Student Week. 

Every year, the Pocetto Scholarship is awarded to students who are current ACCESS students who have taken at least five courses, and are in good academic standing. Applicants must also complete an essay that answers the question, “What does the pursuit of higher education mean to you.”

The Pocetto Scholarship is named in honor of Fr. Alexander T. Pocetto, retired senior vice president of DeSales University and one of the founders of the ACCESS program in 1976.

Cynthia Yoder, a criminal justice major from Harleysville, Pa., was awarded the David M. Petzold Scholarship. She is currently a civilian police specialist assisting with crime scene management and evidence collection.

ACCESS Petzold Scholarship RecipientCynthia Yoder (right) receives notification of the Petzold Scholarship from Jeff Gormley (left), ACCESS program manager at the Lansdale, Pa., campus.

The Petzold Scholarship is also awarded annually to a current ACCESS student who is a criminal justice major and is in good academic standing. The recipient must also work in law enforcement and have a record of service to the community.

The David M. Petzold Scholarship was established in memory of Officer David M. Petzold, who was killed in the line of duty on November 9, 2006. David was an alumnus of the DeSales University ACCESS criminal justice program.

The ACCESS program at DeSales has been a regional leader in providing adult education in an accelerated format for more than 35 years. Classes are offered in traditional classrooms, online, or a hybrid of both. Bachelor’s degrees, certificates, or courses for personal enrichment are offered on three campuses, Center Valley, Easton-Area, and Lansdale, Pa.


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