Alexandra Dark, Social Sciences / History

photo by Matt Carlin

Alexandra “Alex” Dark grew up in Phoenixville and attended Phoenixville Area High School.  When it came time to take the next step in her education, Alex chose Montgomery County Community College immediately after PAHS.

“I could afford it,” she explained.

Alex will graduate in May 2012 with an associate’s degree in social science and a concentration in history; a degree that will transfer to any four-year school of her choice.

Her time at MCCC has not been spent solely in the classroom.  Alex is a member of both the Honors Club and Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society.

“Being part of those organizations has helped with tuition,” Alex stated.  “I have the Honors [Program] Scholarship.  My first year, I received a state grant from my financial aid package and my second year, I received the Sharon L. Danella Scholarship.”

MCCC awards a number of scholarships through the Financial Aid office.  A list of available scholarships can be found at

The Sharon L Danella Scholarship is awarded to students based on “good moral character.”  Students are required to submit an essay and along with a recommendation letter.

Alex’s wrote her essay about her community service and leadership roles.

“Affordable tuition had everything to do with my decision to come to MCCC.  In fact, I got into every college I applied to out of high school, but I knew [I could go there in the future].  Therefore, I decided to save money and go to MCCC.”

Among her community service experiences, Alex took notes for MCCC students with disabilities and worked as a biology and German tutor.

Overall, Montgomery County Community College has been a wonderful experience for Alex.

“I have made great friends.  All of my teachers have been fantastic,” she said.  “Never have I had one negative experience.”

Upon graduating, Alex plans to attend Gwenydd Mercy College to double major in history and education.  She ultimately intends to teach high school history at her alma mater—Phoenixville Area High School.

Thanks to an affordable, quality education from Montgomery County Community College, Alex will provide future leadership for generations to come.

~ by Robert Gardner

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