Scholarships, July 24, 2022

Meagan Reitnauer, a firefighter with the Eastern Berks Fire Department and a 2022 graduate of Boyertown High School, has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship by the Reading Area Firefighters Museum at Fifth and Laurel streets.

The ceremony took place at the museum and was attended by family, friends, and fire company personnel.


Reitnauer has completed numerous training courses at the Berks Fire Training Center and participated in fire department fundraising activities. She will be pursuing a degree in nursing at DeSales University, the department said.

“I was born and raised in (the area) and am proud to be a part of a community of dedicated first responders, alongside my grandfather, father, brother and uncle,” Reitnauer said. “I currently have my EMR certification and completed my EMT course through Berks Career & Technology Center during my 11th and 12th grade years.”

Engineering award

Andrew Kline, a Berks County resident and engineering undergraduate student at Villanova University is the 2022 recipient of the Joseph and Peggy McMahon Transportation Engineering Scholarship.

The award was competitively selected through the Berks County Community Foundation. The announcement came through McMahon, a Bowman company focused on transportation engineering and planning,

Kline is ranked in the top 12% of his engineering peers, and has a diverse academic range with his additional pursuit of minors in business, sustainable engineering and real estate development to further help him assess and solve real-world problems, McMahon said.

Established in 2018, the scholarship was established to provide financial assistance for college students who have demonstrated a commitment to transportation engineering as their chosen career, along with providing leadership and giving back through programs dedicated to helping individuals and groups served by the engineering industry, the press release said.

Kline has been judge of elections for the Alsace Township 2nd Precinct, and has served as an inspector of elections. He has also volunteered for four years at the Oley Valley Community Fair, the press release says.

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Penn State Berks

Seven incoming Penn State Berks students each were awarded a four-year renewable $6,250 scholarship to study engineering through the Penn State Berks Leveraging Innovation and Optimizing Nurturing STEM Scholars Program.

Earlier this year, Penn State Berks received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program.

The grant formed the LION STEM Scholars Program, which provides support in the form of a four-year renewable $6,250 scholarship to talented engineering students with demonstrated financial need. Students who meet the requirements will receive $25,000 over four years.

In addition to scholarship funds, students will also receive academic support, mentoring, and professional development through the LION STEM Scholars Program. A cohort of students will be enrolled in the program each year for three years, for a total of 18 scholars over the program period.

Scholarship recipients include Gabriel Regaldo-Moya, Reading; Warren Reinhart, Reading; Emmerson Valazquez, Reading; and Mark Longenberger, Gilbertsville.

For more information on the LION STEM Scholars Program, 610-396-61297, or

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