Origin of the VUnited Scholars Program

In 2016, Martha Murray and Joe Adamec approached Villanova University about starting a residential academic certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. They had a vision of a program rooted at a major Catholic university that would provide opportunities for a population of students with special needs that were not currently served at the time and had connections to Villanova students whom they knew would be enthusiastic partners.

In 2019, College of Professional Studies leadership met with Martha and Joe about making their vision a reality at Villanova. With generous financial assistance from the Terri and Tom Murphy Foundation - Pathways to Independence, the VUnited Scholars program was officially announced on September 22, 2020 as part of 1842 Day. The program welcomed its first cohort of students in August 2021.

Villanova University's College of Professional Studies is proud and honored to be one of the first Catholic University’s to offer a residential experience to students who deserve an inclusive college life.



Pathways to Independence

College of Professional Studies

800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 103
Villanova, PA 19085

Maps & Directions to Campus

The VUnited Scholars Program seeks new partners who believe in expanding inclusive access to higher education.