Scholarship Application Process

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General Information

This document describes the application process for scholarships for full-time students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts at University Park campus. This single application serves as the application for all scholarships offered through the College. Other colleges have different procedures and departmental procedures vary.

Scholarships are not guaranteed upon submission of a scholarship application, nor are they automatically renewed after the receipt of an initial award. Scholarship amounts vary from year to year depending on funds available.

Priority application for first consideration is April 1 of the calendar year of desired fall enrollment.

Forms to File

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal and State Aid) is required for all scholarships in the College of the Liberal Arts. FAFSA must be filed with Student Aid for consideration of need based scholarships. If you do not have FAFSA on file and show a financial need, you will not be considered for a scholarship.
  • The College of the Liberal Arts Scholarship Application (this online application)


While on a scholarship, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • full-time course load at University Park campus (12 or more credits per semester)
  • declare a major in the College of the Liberal Arts
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • continue to meet the specific requirements of the scholarship, which may include but are not limited to: county/state and country residency; desire to pursue public/community or government services; leadership; outstanding academics; or proof of financial need based on the filing of a FAFSA form.


Award recipients will be notified by e-mail to a Penn State address. Only recipients are notified! If you do not receive a scholarship notification before the start of fall enrollment, your application will be kept on file for the academic year and may be reconsidered if additional funds become available.


Normally one-half of the award is credited in the fall semester and one-half in the spring semester with the exception of a one-semester award.

Other Sources

You should also apply for federal and state grants and loans, University scholarships, and loans. You should consult your major department to inquire about the scholarships they offer. Also, you can inquire about University-wide scholarships on the Student Aid website.

If you have questions about these procedures, send a brief e-mail to

To Apply for the Liberal Arts Scholarship, You Will Need To...

  1. Review the correctness and completeness of the information the system retrieves about you from LionPATH.
  2. Supply a personal statement describing your  academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, career  goals, and those things about you that set you apart from others.
  3. Upload a resume in MS Word (.doc or .docx), Text (.txt), Adobe PDF (.pdf) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files.
  4. Click the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the application and click in the box for "I understand" the terms of application and click 'Submit'.

Any information which is not editable by you in this system must be updated in LionPATH.

You may e-mail if you need to make changes or if you wish to withdraw your application.

All applicants for the 2018/19 academic year


Incoming freshman should request an application at

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