Academic Scholarships

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General Information

This document describes the application process for scholarships for students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts, University Park campus. Other colleges have different procedures. This single application serves as the application for all scholarships offered through the college. 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.

Applications are due by the 3rd Wednesday in March 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 scholarship, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • full-time course load at University Park campus (12 or more credits per semester with a requirement of 24 credits per year)
  • 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; internship; study abroad; outstanding academics; or proof of financial need based on the filing of a FAFSA form.


Awards are made prior to June 1 for the upcoming academic year. You will be notified by an e-mail at your Penn State address. Only recipients are notified! If you do not receive a scholarship in the first round, your application may 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.

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 PSU databases. Incomplete applications and those without the personal statement and/or résumé will not be considered.
  2. Provide some information yourself, such as your county of permanent residence, your high school, whether or not you are in the first generation from your family to go to college, your anticipated graduation date and your planned career choice. Some of the scholarships we award are targeted to first generation students or students from particular counties or high schools.
  3. Supply a resume and a personal statement. These must be submitted in MS Word (.doc or .docx), Text (.txt), Adobe PDF (.pdf) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files.
  4. Click the 'Save' button at the bottom of the form. The form will time out after 60 minutes, so you need to save your work before then or you will need to re-enter it.

If any of this information is missing, you can return to this system as many times as you need to complete it. Any information which is not editable by you in this system must be updated in LionPATH. Any information which is editable by you only updates in this application system, not in other PSU databases.

After you click the 'Save' button at the bottom of the form, the system will tell you whether or not your application is complete, and what information is missing. When your application is complete, you will have 24 hours in which you can return to update or correct it. After that, the application will be final – you can e-mail if you need to make further changes or you wish to withdraw your application.

By submitting this scholarship application, I certify that all information on this application is accurate and I give my permission to the College of the Liberal Arts staff to share this information with a third party when necessary for recipient selection of a specific scholarship. I also permit the College to publish my name on a list of scholarship recipients, should I be chosen.


NOTE: The deadline has been extended until March 22, 2017.

NOTE: Incoming freshmen will not have access to the online application.  Please contact to request an application form, and be sure to include your 9-digit Penn State ID number.

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