ACCESS Announces Winners of the Center City Allentown Revitalization Scholarship

by Tom McNamara | Nov 24, 2015

ACCESS Class in Distance Learning Classroom

ACCESS Class in Distance Learning Classroom 

Six ACCESS students at DeSales University were named the recipients of the school’s Center City Allentown Revitalization Scholarship.

Jessica Gonzalez, a human resource management major, Latia Hill, a nursing major, Madelyn Salado, a biology major, Sue Stout, an undeclared major, Maria Tolentino, a marriage and family studies major, and Denise Wright, a nursing major, are residents in Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) and all received scholarships to enroll in or continue taking ACCESS classes.

To apply for the scholarship, the students completed an application and wrote 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.

“Once I become a nurse, I plan to give back to my community,” wrote Wright in her essay. “I want to make sure that Center City residents are aware of different things with their physical and mental health.

“I know in my heart that I can benefit from this scholarship because I am driven by my eagerness to make a change and make a difference in Allentown.”

With this scholarship, DeSales University seeks to help the residents in the NIZ who wish to pursue a college education, overcome common barriers such as juggling a job while taking classes, navigating the college admissions process, and choosing a program of study. 

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.

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

“We are deeply grateful to the trustees of the Harry C. Trexler Trust and Center City Investment Corporation for awarding scholarship funds to the DeSales University ACCESS Program,” said Deborah Booros, M.P.A., dean of lifelong learning. “Our adult learners are extremely busy working, raising families, and volunteering for their communities. They are committed, hard-working individuals, very deserving of and thankful for this honor.”

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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Tom McNamara
Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University
2255 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219
Tom.McNamara@desales.edu