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Academic Scholarships

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General Information

The College of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies Office offers need-based scholarships for College of the Liberal Arts undergraduate majors (or concurrent majors) enrolled at University Park campus. This single application serves as the application for all scholarships offered through 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. 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 were received depending on fund availability. Applications received during the priority period are made by June 1.

First year undergraduate students must request an application to . 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 were received depending on fund availability. Applications received by February 1 are made by February 15.

Forms to File

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student 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 a 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
  • 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; outstanding academics; or proof of financial need based on the filing of a FAFSA form.
*If you are planning to study abroad during the academic year (fall or spring) of desired enrollment, please contact regarding eligibility.


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 classes, your application will remain on file for the academic year and may be considered if additional funds become available.


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 University Fellowships Office to learn about other opportunities at Penn State.

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

  1. Review the correctness and completeness of the information the system retrieves about you from LionPATH.
  2. Supply a personal statement describing your  academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, career  goals, and those things about you that set you apart from others.
  3. Upload a resume in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe PDF (.pdf) files ONLY.
  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'.

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 e-mail to

Continuing and returning undergraduate students ONLY


for spring 2021 scholarship considerations and priority applications for the 2021/22 academic year.

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


*First year students must request an application and provide a 9-digit Penn State ID number to Priority application for first year students ends February 1, 2021. First year priority awards will be notified by February 15, 2021.


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