Current Scholarships & AwardUndergraduate Education at Penn State
The Student Engagement Network (SEN) is Penn State’s commitment to making out-of-classroom learning through internships, study abroad, volunteer service, and research, a central part of the undergraduate experience. The SEN is operated in partnership with Student Affairs.
The Erickson Discovery Grant Program supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
Lion LaunchPad is a business accelerator program created to help student entrepreneurs turn innovative product and service concepts into viable startup companies. Lion LaunchPad is part of Penn State’s support of students in all majors who want to develop a stronger entrepreneurial mindset.
ACCESS AND AFFORDABILTY
Keeping Penn State accessible for students from every economic background has long been a chief institutional priority for our University. A new approach focuses on a
micro-scholarship program, which provides opportunities for high school students to earn scholarship dollars toward their college education by successfully completing specific academic and co-curricular requirements set by the University.
Penn State’s micro-scholarship program is offered through Raise.me, a San Francisco-based start-up with Pennsylvania roots. Gifts will be used to directly support student micro-scholarships. While Penn State provides funding, gifts through private philanthropy will increase the impact of these scholarships by making more available to students.
MILITARY AND STUDENT LEADERS
ROTC and Military Scholarships
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) trains undergraduate students to become commissioned officers in the United States Armed Forces. Students may receive a competitive, merit-based scholarship, covering all or part of their college tuition and fees.
In addition, there are specific military scholarships dedicated to supporting students who demonstrate leadership skills and a commitment to excellence. If you would like to add to these existing funds to enhance the experience of our ROTC students, please click below to learn more.
- Penn State Military Student Fund
- Naval ROTC
- Semper Fi Fallen Marine Award
- McCombie Endowment
- McCombie Award
- Gantt Navy Leadership
- Bell Marine Leadership
- Starner Memorial Scholarship
For students who want to explore the University’s academic offerings before deciding on a field of study and for students in transition from one college or major to another. The Division of Undergraduate Studies encourages students to meet their academic potentials through well-informed educational planning, as well as through meaningful experiences such as internships, education abroad, public scholarship, research, and student organizations.
DUS scholarships enrich students’ educational experiences and are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, participation in University and community activities, and essay submissions.
Penn State Learning offers tutoring services in hundreds of courses across the undergraduate curriculum at no additional cost to students. These services are enhanced by gifts that make it possible for the 150 undergraduate peer tutors and study group leaders to receive advanced training and to attend and present at regional, national, and international conferences.
The Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs (SOTP) provides a comprehensive learning experience for every Penn State undergraduate student in support of a successful academic, social, and personal transition to the University. These scholarships go towards enhancing programs and supporting the student leaders who volunteer their time throughout the academic year and are employed throughout the summer to assist new students, parents, and family members transition to Penn State.