Academic Scholarships

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General Information


This webpage describes the application process for scholarships for full-time students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts at University Park campus during the academic year (fall and spring semesters only). This single application serves as the application for all scholarships offered through the College. Other colleges have different procedures and departmental procedures vary.

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 funds available.

*Priority application for first consideration is January 1 to April 1 of the calendar year of desired fall enrollment. Applications received during the priority period are made by June 1 for the academic year. Applications received after April 1 will be considered in the order they were received depending on fund availability.

Forms to File

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal and State 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 scholarship, 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 are not included).
  • declare a major in the College of the Liberal Arts
  • maintain a cumulative GPA 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 reconsidered 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 Source

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 at to learn about other opportunities at Penn State.

To Apply for the Liberal Arts 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), Text (.txt), Adobe PDF (.pdf) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files.
  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 students only

for the 2019/20 academic year APPLY HERE.

Incoming first year students will not be able to access the link above and must request an application to

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