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Academic Scholarships

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General Information

The College of the Liberal Arts Office of Undergraduate Studies offers need-based scholarships, not merit based, for College of the Liberal Arts undergraduate majors or concurrent majors enrolled at University Park campus only. A single application serves as the application for all scholarships offered through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Other colleges have different procedures and departmental procedures vary.

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 apply and re-apply for, and await a decision regarding, these scholarships for each year that they remain eligible. Scholarship amounts vary from year to year depending on fund availability.

The priority application period for first consideration is January 1 to April 1 of the calendar year of desired fall enrollment for returning and continuing students. Applications received after April 1 will be considered in the order they are received depending on fund availability. Applications received during the priority period are normally made by June 1 but due to the alternative grading option for the spring 2021 semester, priority awards will be made by June 15, 2021.

First year undergraduate students must request an application to along with their 9-digit PSU ID number. For fall enrollment, February 1 is the priority application deadline for first year students only. Applications received after February 1 will be considered in the order they are received depending on fund availability. Applications received by February 1 are made by February 15.

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.

Forms to File

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for need-based scholarships in the College of the Liberal Arts Office of Undergraduate Studies. FAFSA 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.
  • The College of the Liberal Arts Scholarship Application (this online application)

Eligibility

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

  • full-time course load at University Park campus (12 or more credits per semester, fall and spring only; summers not included).
  • declare a major, or pre-major, in the College of the Liberal Arts
  • maintain a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.0
  • maintain a demonstrated financial need based on FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid.
  • 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 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 e-mail to a Penn State 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 with the exception of a one-semester award.

Other Sources

You should also apply for federal and state grants and loans, inquire about University scholarships, and loans on the Student Aid website or visit the Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring to learn about other opportunities at Penn State.

To Apply for a Liberal Arts Undergraduate Scholarship, You Will Need To...

  1. Provide a personal statement of 1000 words or less describing your academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, career  goals, and those things about you that set you apart from others.
  2. Provide an updated resume in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe PDF (.pdf) files ONLY.
  3. Review the correctness and completeness of the information the system retrieves about you from LionPATH. Any information which is not editable by you in this system must be updated in LionPATH.
  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'.

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

Continuing and/or returning undergraduate students at University Park ONLY

for the 2021/22 academic year

 

APPLY HERE

 

Priority applications are accepted between January 1 to April 1, 2021.

First year students must request an application by sending a request to along with

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

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