READING - The following local students have been awarded scholarships to attend Alvernia University this fall:

Heather Bennett, of Dingmans Ferry has been granted the Trustees' Scholarship to study Occupational Therapy. Bennett is a senior at Delaware Valley High School.

Karissa Celona, of Lords Valley has been granted the Veronica Founder's Scholarship to study Psychology. Celona is a senior at Wallenpaupack Area High School.

Madeline Drake, of Tafton has been granted the Trustees' Scholarship to study Communication. Drake is a senior at Wallenpaupack Area High School.

Kathleen Murphy, of Milford has been granted the Presidential Scholarship to study Secondary Education. Murphy is a senior at Delaware Valley High School.

Jeanine Roe, of Milford has been granted the Veronica Founder's Scholarship to study Nursing. Roe is a senior at Delaware Valley High School.

Jacqueline Sheldon, of Milford has been granted the Presidential Scholarship to study Occupational Therapy. Sheldon is a senior at Delaware Valley High School.

Alvernia is a fast growing Franciscan university, grounded in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions. Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pa., the university supports a rigorous and caring learning community that is home to more than 3,000 students.