DeSales University’s ACCESS Program Announces Scholarship Program for Neighborhood Improvement Zone Residents

by Tom McNamara | Sep 23, 2015

ACCESS Class in Distance Learning Classroom


ACCESS Class in Distance Learning Classroom

DeSales University seeks to help the residents in the city of Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) who wish to pursue a college education.  DeSales will assist residents overcome common barriers to college access such as juggling a job while taking classes, navigating the college admissions process, and choosing a program of study. 

To help residents succeed, DeSales University and its part-time adult evening program, ACCESS, announces the Center City Allentown Revitalization Scholarship program, a scholarship offered to prospective students who live in the NIZ.

The scholarship is funded by a grant from the Harry C. Trexler Trust with a partial match by the City Center Investment Corporation. 

DeSales University’s ACCESS program with its 8-week format, multiple start dates, and online courses complement the schedules of part-time adult students. Students, who are only committed to coming to campus one night a week, can still work while attending classes.

“Becoming more engaged with online learning increases technological ability to work in a "global" environment,” said Deborah Booros, dean of lifelong learning at DeSales. “the classroom/online combination helps to make the most of a student’s time while maintaining the high quality standards of our accelerated program.”

The goals of the scholarship program are not only to increase the number of ACCESS students who live in the NIZ, but also to increase college graduation rates for NIZ residents. Success with internships and improved employment opportunities through City Center Investment Corporation and other businesses in the community will be an added benefit.

To apply for the Center City Allentown Revitalization Scholarship, students must complete an application as well as write an essay outlining their educational goals and addressing a question about the downtown Allentown revitalization and how their participation in this program would help them effect change for the future of Allentown.

DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa., is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1965, the 480-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and about 90 miles south of New York City. A total enrollment of nearly 3,000 includes undergraduate day and evening students and graduate students. DeSales has approximately 100 full-time faculty members and offers more than 35 bachelor’s degrees and eight graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. 

About the Harry C. Trexler Trust
Harry C. Trexler was an entrepreneur, agriculturalist, and philanthropist who spent his lifetime accumulating businesses and wealth. Generous in life, his philanthropy continues through the private foundation established with the estates of Harry and Mary (Mosser) Trexler. The growth and vitality of the community in which the Trexlers lived and prospered is supported by the Trexler Trust.

Since 1935, the Trust has aided the work of Lehigh County charities by providing them with nearly $140 million in funding. 

About City Center Investment Corporation
City Center Investment Corporation is a visionary real estate development and management company dedicated to regenerating great American cities by combining the best new and existing cultural, commercial and residential properties. Launched in 2011, CCIC is led by a highly successful, award-winning team of innovative national developers and real estate sales and marketing executives. This dynamic group has experience creating and managing award-winning lifestyle communities, garden apartments, urban spaces and revitalized historic high-rise properties. The company is headquartered in Allentown, Pa.

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