Eugene Shirk Scholarships | Albright College

Eugene Shirk Scholarships

Albright College awards 25 Eugene Shirk Scholarships annually. Established to honor late Albright math professor and coach Eugene Shirk, this scholarship encourages Berks County students to continue his legacy of community service, leadership, strength of character and commitment to excellence.


How much aid does the scholarship provide?

All Shirk Scholars receive $22,000 per year or $88,000 over four years of study at Albright College.

Shirk Scholarships are awarded to new, full-time students and are renewable each of the four years the student is enrolled. In order to renew annually, a student must attend as a full-time day student on Albright’s Reading campus and maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or higher.*


What is the application process for the Shirk Scholarship?

Berks County students who complete their Albright application for admission by December 15 and the Shirk Scholarship application by January 15 receive full scholarship review.

Once Albright College receives both of these applications, all candidates are presented to the Shirk Scholarship Committee for preliminary review. Students who are selected as candidates in this first phase become finalists, who will then take part in scholarship interviews. These interviews may take place in person or virtually.

During review, the scholarship committee evaluates applicants on the basis of their school and community service, extracurricular activities, strength of character and academic achievement. Candidate writing effort is also assessed through a required scholarship essay, as is personal interaction during the interview, which is a relaxed and friendly conversation.

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The Admission office is available to answer questions you may have about this scholarship. Please contact admission@albright.edu or 610-921-7700.

*Students who do not receive a Shirk Scholarship will be considered for other merit scholarships by the scholarship review committee. To be eligible for financial aid, including scholarships and work-study jobs, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.studentaid.gov.