Scholarships offered by Penn State are typically awarded to students with exemplary grades. They are quite competitive, since funding is limited. Scholarships are more attractive options than student loans, since they don’t have to be repaid.
All students at Penn State are encouraged to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that they can be considered for Penn State Scholarships.
Penn State campuses all award scholarships to first year students who are eligible. They are based on ACT/SAT scores, academic performance and FAFSA-determined financial need. Community service work and leadership also weigh into the decision to grant scholarships.
Smeal College of Business Scholarship
In order that students’ accomplishments are recognized, the undergraduate scholarship committee awards money annually in awards and scholarships. The awarding of these funds is based on students’ work experience, leadership activities, financial need and academic achievement.
Typical recipients of Penn State Scholarships like the Smeal College Scholarship are sophomores or juniors when they apply. If you are interested, you will need to have a 3.0 or better GPA, with financial needs that are unmet. There is a competitive selection process, with the average award being $2,500. There is more information at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business website.
College of Engineering Scholarships
Penn State’s College of Engineering administers some corporate and endowed scholarships for engineering students. The endowment is limited, so the scholarships are very competitive.
If you are offered admission to their College of Engineering, you will be considered automatically for these Penn State scholarships, based on academic credentials, without regard to your financial need. Their website contains additional, helpful information about this scholarship.
Incoming freshmen with a FAFSA on file are considered automatically for the DuBois Scholarships. Upper class students will need to file a FAFSA as well, in order to be considered for aid to non-freshmen students.
The DuBois Scholarship committees are in charge of determining who will be awarded these scholarships. The awards run from $400 to $3,000 for each school year. You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, and attend school on a full-time basis, in order to be considered eligible for scholarships.
File a FAFSA if you wish to apply for any of the Penn State scholarships for which you are eligible. The FAFSA will show your actual financial need. The scholarship committee may ask for additional information from you, if you are in consideration for any scholarships. The Penn State financial aid website has additional information.
Nursing Scholarships at Penn State
If you are a nursing student, you can avail yourself of nursing scholarships through the College of Health & Human Development and the College of Nursing.
If you want to apply for one of these scholarships, you will need to be enrolled or admitted in a baccalaureate program or higher nursing program. You will also be required to maintain a 3.2 or higher GPA in your current nursing program. You can find more pertinent information at Penn State Scholarship’s Nursing Financial Aid website.