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Moravian College announces 2020 BASD Superintendent’s Scholarship Winners

Two Students from Freedom and Liberty High Schools to receive 4-year full-tuition scholarships to Moravian College

BETHLEHEM, PA, June 11, 2020: Today, Moravian College announced the two winners of the 2020 BASD Superintendent’s Scholarship. Started in 2016, the BASD Superintendent’s Scholarship provides 4 year, full-tuition scholarships to one student from Freedom High School and one from Liberty High School, both located in Bethlehem, PA.  Damian Almonte, a graduating senior at Freedom High School and Amanda Dougherty, a graduating senior at Liberty High School, were the students chosen by a panel, which includes representatives from their respective high schools and Moravian College. 

“Once again, two outstanding students from Freedom and Liberty High Schools have been selected for the Superintendent’s Scholarship,” said Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian College.  “We’re confident they’ll follow in the footsteps of the scholarship’s previous winners and have a great experience at Moravian and not only excel academically, but get involved in campus and life and make their mark on the community.”

Damian Almonte earned a GPA of 3.5 at Freedom, which ranks him 171 out of 464 students at Freedom and has indicated he wants to major in Secondary Education at Moravian. Almonte was also President of GSA (Gay Straight Alliance), Student Director of the Freedom High School Patriot Choir and had many Moravian alumni as teachers during his time in high school.

Amanda Dougherty earned a GPA of 4.0, which ranks her 92 out of 614 students at Liberty and she has expressed interest in majoring in Health Sciences at Moravian and pursuing a career in the Nutrition field. Dougherty is also a self-taught piano player, learning on a piano she bought herself and was an accompanist for Liberty High School's Choir. In addition, Dougherty was a cheerleader for a competitive community squad. 

“This scholarship represents Moravian College’s generosity and commitment to the students and families of BASD,” said Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District. “Damian and Amanda will, in turn, quickly become valuable members of the Moravian community.” 

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Moravian College
Michael Corr
Director of Marketing and Communications

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Moravian College is the nation's sixth-oldest college, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Moravian College is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.