August 28, 2017 — When an envelope comes to your home from Pennsylvania’s government, it’s hardly ever good news. But over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, 81 Berks County students got good news from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

Each of those students received a portion of almost $111,000 awarded to them by PHEAA to match scholarships awarded by Berks County Community Foundation. As a participant in PHEAA’s Partnership for Access to Higher Education program, the Community Foundation submits a list of scholarship recipients each year to PHEAA. For many students who are attending Pennsylvania colleges and have an unmet financial need, PHEAA kicks in additional support.

Since we began participating in the program in 2002, a total of $1,062,647 in additional scholarship support has come to Berks County students seeking to further their education. For our donors, it’s an extra “bang for their buck” that they get by choosing the Community Foundation to administer a scholarship. For the students and their families, the added support from PHEAA eases the burden of paying for tuition, books and housing at increasingly expensive higher education institutions.

All of that magic is made possible by the hard work of Leta Doganes, our fantastic scholarship and grant administrator. Leta processes all of the PHEAA paperwork and keeps track of which scholarship recipients might be eligible.

Leta Doganes, Berks County Community Foundation scholarship and grant administrator

Thanks to Leta, our donors, and—of course—PHEAA, some “good news” envelopes arrive in the mail every school year in Berks County.


Kevin K. Murphy, President

Berks County Community Foundation