Video: ACCESS Awards Scholarships

by Tom McNamara | Nov 06, 2014


The DeSales University ACCESS Program recently awarded four scholarships.

Three ACCESS students, Laura Budraitis, Heather Craft, and Wendy Macarro, were recently awarded the Father Alexander Pocetto, OSFS, Scholarship. 

Budraitis is a marketing major from Bethlehem, Craft is a dual major, English and communication, from Center Valley, and Macarro, a resident of Hellertown, is dual majoring in accounting and management. The presentation of the scholarships 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, OSFS, retired senior vice president of DeSales University and one of the founders of the ACCESS program in 1976.

John Brinkmann, a criminal justice major from Harleysville, Pa., was awarded the David M. Petzold Scholarship. He currently serves as a sergeant in the Upper Gwynedd Township Police.

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. Petzhold 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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