Today Mayor Nutter and officials from Peirce College announced the Mayor’s City of Philadelphia Scholarship program, Peirce College’s commitment to providing two full-tuition scholarships each year to a City employee and a Philadelphia resident. Peirce College is answering the Mayor’s call for more post-secondary education institutions to provide full-tuition scholarship awards to Philadelphia residents and employees. To be considered for a Peirce College full-tuition scholarship award, candidates must complete an essay and provide three letters of recommendation.

City employee Phyllis Chase and Philadelphia resident Gregory Harris are the 2010 recipients of the two scholarship awards. For over 36 years, Ms. Chase has served as a City employee, starting out in an entry level position and rising to her current position as Director of Special Projects for the Water Revenue Bureau. She plans on majoring in business administration and hopes her pursuit of a college degree will inspire others to join her in pursuing post-secondary education opportunities. She submitted answers to the following essay questions with her application: 1) What challenges do you face in pursuit of an education at Peirce College? 2) How will you use a Peirce degree to better yourself and enrich others?

Mr. Harris is a resident of Philadelphia and currently works as a Revenue Investigation Manager for the Water Revenue Bureau. He mentors at-risk youth through his involvement with the 3rd USCT Civil War Reenactors, a nonprofit group dedicated to telling the story of African American Civil War soldiers. Mr. Harris will also major in business administration. As part of his application, he answered the following question: How will you use a Peirce degree to better yourself and inspire others to complete a college education?

“Peirce College is stepping up in a big way to help City employees and residents improve their skills sets so they can better serve their employers, employees and customers who rely on them for leadership, direction and quality service,” said Mayor Nutter. “Better educated workers are an asset to developing our workforce talent while strengthening the Philadelphia region’s competitiveness and prospects for economic recovery.”

“Helping to eliminate obstacles for potential college students is critical and is an area where Peirce College places a significant amount of emphasis,” said Peirce President and Chief Executive Officer James J. Mergiotti. “Collaboration among the local government, businesses, as well as institutions of higher learning, is important in order to enhance education opportunities for Philadelphians.”

“Peirce is committed to help more individuals go back to school, earn their degree and build a successful future,” said Rita J. Toliver-Roberts, Ed.D., Peirce Dean of Students. “Our partnership with the City makes the opportunity that much more feasible. The two scholarship awards will be a great incentive for potential students to apply and begin to think about furthering their education.”

Peirce College offers merit-based and need-based scholarships to help students fund their education. The majority of Peirce’s students are working adults who are also residents of Philadelphia. Peirce College’s curriculum is practical and focused on workforce development. Earlier this year, Peirce College provided computer equipment and technology for administrative staff in the PhillyGoes2College office at City Hall. To date, Peirce College, Drexel University, Temple University and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology have committed to providing Philadelphia residents with a total of 276 full-tuition scholarship awards.

About Peirce College
Peirce College offers bachelor’s and associate degree programs in Business Administration, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs accredits the College’s business program and the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association. For more information about Peirce College, call (888) GO PEIRCE, visit or read Peirce’s blog, Peirce Connections at
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