READING, PA (September 10, 2020) – The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) recently matched $117,228 in scholarships awarded to 86 students by Berks County Community Foundation for the 2019-2020 school year.

PHEAA made the match through its Partnerships for Access to Higher Education (PATH) program. Students are eligible for the match if they have a financial need, received a state grant, are enrolled at an approved institution in Pennsylvania, and are nominated by a PATH partner, such as the Community Foundation.

“We are thrilled that our ongoing participation in this program since 2002 has provided almost $1.5 million in additional financial support for students to attend college,” said Leta Doganes, scholarship and grant administrator at the Community Foundation.

Since the Community Foundation was named a PATH partner in 2002, PHEAA has matched $1,442,328 in Community Foundation scholarships awarded to 1,159 students.

Applications for most scholarships offered by the Community Foundation will be accepted January 15 to March 15. Check closer to that time for more information.

2019 scholarship luncheon

Many of the students who receive scholarships through Berks County Community Foundation have those awards matched by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Pictured here are students enjoying the Community Foundation’s 2019 Scholarship Luncheon. The 2020 luncheon was canceled due to the pandemic.


Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a civic leader for our region by developing, managing and distributing charitable funds aimed at improving the quality of life in Berks County. More information is available at


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