Academic Scholarships

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General Information

The Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts offers need-based scholarships for students with at least one Liberal Arts undergraduate major enrolled at the University Park campus. A single application serves for all general need-based scholarships offered through the Liberal Arts Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies.

Undergraduate scholarships are not guaranteed upon submission of a scholarship application, nor are they automatically renewed after the receipt of an initial award. Students must re-apply and await a decision regarding these scholarships for each year they remain eligible. Scholarship amounts vary from year to year depending on fund availability.

**Returning and continuing students** Priority applications for the 2022/23 academic year, applications submitted between Jan 1-April 1, and non-priority applications for the spring 2022 semester are on hold. We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the scholarship application database processing eligibility criteria when applying. Our development team is working on identifying the issue as soon as possible. We will provide an update at the bottom of this page when the issue is resolved. We apologize for your inconveniences.

Incoming first year students: Requests for scholarship applications for the 2022-23 academic year are being accepted. Send a request for an application to and provide your 9-digit Penn State Student ID number. Early consideration deadline is January 28, 2022. Applications received after January 28 will be considered in the order they are received depending on fund availability.

Transfer students: If your change of major and/or campus is not the College of the Liberal Arts at University Park campus in LionPATH, you will not be eligible to apply directly. Please contact for assistance.

Eligibility

While on a need-based scholarship, undergraduate students must meet the following requirements.

  • Maintain a full-time course load at the University Park campus (12 or more credits per semester during the fall and spring only, summers not included).
  • Declare a major or pre-major in the College of the Liberal Arts.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade-point average (GPAof 3.0.
  • Maintain a demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file the Office of Student Aid.
  • Continue to meet the specific requirements of the scholarship, which may include, but are not limited to, desire to pursue public, community, or government services; leadership; or outstanding academics.
*If you are planning to study abroad during the academic year (fall or spring) of desired enrollment, please contact  regarding scholarship eligibility.

Notification

Award recipients will be notified by email to a Penn State email address. If you do not receive a scholarship notification before the start of fall or spring enrollment, your application will remain on file for the academic year and may be considered if additional funds become available.

Disbursement

Normally one-half of the award is credited in the fall semester and one-half in the spring semester, unless it is a one-semester award.

Other Sources

Please consult with your department regarding additional scholarships or award opportunities. Be aware other colleges may have different application and awarding procedures. You can also apply for federal and state grants and loans, inquire about University scholarships and loans through the Office of Student Aid, or visit Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring to learn about other opportunities at Penn State.

Forms to Prepare Before Applying

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required and must be filed with the Office of Student Aid for consideration of a need-based scholarship. If you do not have FAFSA on file and have a demonstrated financial need, you will not be considered for a scholarship.
  2. Personal statement (maximum of 1,000 words). This statement is a way for the selection committee to learn more about you. Please include academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community involvement, leadership examples, career goals, and things that set you apart from others.
  3. A resume. Accepted formats only: MS Word (.doc or .docx), or Adobe PDF (.pdf) files.
  4. Review the correctness and completeness of information retrieved from LionPATH. Any information which is not editable by you in this system must be updated in LionPATH.

 If you have questions about these procedures, or you wish to withdraw or make changes to your application, please send a brief email to .

**CONTINUING and RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY**

Applications are on hold until further notice. We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the scholarship application database processing eligibility criteria when applying. Our development team is working on identifying the issue as soon as possible. We will provide an update when the issue is resolved. We apologize for your inconveniences.

 

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