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John G. Bernheiser Educational Award

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John G. Bernheiser Educational Award

2013 Winners Of The
John G. Bernheiser Educational Award

Paul Johnson West Chester University
Brian Kershes Pennsylvania College of Technology
Kate Garvin The Pennsylvania State University
Kyle Cinciripini Temple University
Brandon Shillady Temple University
Kira Voit Goucher College
Amanda Miller Millersville University
Jessica Spatz Berks Technical Institute
Erin Paolini University of Pittsburgh
Patrick Brady Purdue University


John G. Bernheiser, past manager of Riverfront, was an unfaltering supporter of the credit union movement. His dedication and spirit enriched all of those his life touched. It was in celebration of his work and in tribute to his memory that the Board of Directors of Riverfront Federal Credit Union established the annual John G. Bernheiser Educational Award.

Ten qualified students will each receive a grant of $750 toward an undergraduate study program at a qualifying institution. A qualifying institution is any institution listed in the Federal School Code List, and includes colleges, technical schools, nursing schools sponsored by hospitals, career institutes, etc. A random lottery is used to draw the names from the pool of applicants who meet all of the criteria. Award checks are made payable jointly to the student and the institution. Recipients are notified and checks are disbursed in August.


  • Applicant must be the primary account holder of an active Riverfront savings account with a minimum balance of $50. Joint applicants are not eligible. If you dont already have an account, open an account by May 31 to be eligible.
  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate study program for the fall semester at an institution listed in Title IV Institution Code List.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative B grade point average of 3.0 or 80% or higher.


2014 Bernheiser Award Application

The application process runs from April 1 through June 30 annually.

The following items must be returned with your application:

  • Transcript showing your cumulative grade point average. Printouts of online transcripts are acceptable to apply. If chosen, an official transcript must be presented in order to receive the educational award. An official transcript has a raised seal and/or the signature of the registrar.
  • A formal acceptance letter or a copy of your online course schedule showing your fall course schedule is acceptable as proof of registration of the fall semester.
  • Application materials must be postmarked by June 30.

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