Will Abele ’61 and his wife, Joan Abele, through the Abele Family Foundation, established this award to provide first-year Ursinus students with significant financial need, demonstrated academic potential and a record of commitment to community with financial and programming support that lead to a college degree and future economic well-being. Will Abele is an alum, Trustee of the College and has supported Ursinus and our students for many years.
Scholars receive up to $10,000 in an annual renewable last-dollar scholarship, $2,000 in start-up
funding to ease the transition to college life, $3,000 in enrichment funding, and up to $8,000 upon
graduation and completion of the Abele Scholar program to pay off unsubsidized Federal Direct
(Stafford) Loan. This scholarship will be added to your financial aid package after all other gift aid –
thus it is a “last dollar” award. The financial award package is worth up to $53,000 over a student’s
four undergraduate years as an Ursinus student.
Scholars participate in a variety of programs that enrich their educational experience and prepare them for life after graduation. These programs occur on and sometimes off-campus and complement what the student learns in the classroom. You will learn to be an effective leader and gain knowledge and skills necessary to navigate college and society. Program topics include:
Understanding yourself through self-assessments Marketing yourself
Leadership development Internship and job search skills
Mentoring and being mentored Presentation skills
Networking Managing challenges
Making good financial decisions Civic engagement
Wellness The free enterprise system
Every Scholar can draw on a $3,000 fund to cover expenses such as attendance at a conference,
housing/travel expenses associated with an internship located away from home, study abroad or
other approved academically-related activities that will enrich the Scholar’s education.