Penn State Scholarships and Awards
Scholarships are a form of gift aid that does not need to be re-paid. Penn State scholarships are highly competitive due to limited funding. All students who are offered admission and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Penn State are considered for scholarships awarded by the Office of Student Aid. Some academic colleges, campuses, and administrative units require separate applications.
We also encourage students to pursue outside scholarships awarded by high schools, community organizations, or other private philanthropies.
Visit the Office of Student Aid website for more information about Penn State and outside scholarship opportunities, deadlines, and other information.
- Penn State does not offer standard merit awards for students who fit particular profiles
- Penn State scholarships comprise 7 percent of the available funding for undergraduate students. Approximately 21 percent (16,958) of undergraduate students (79,815) receive a Penn State scholarship.
- Across Penn State's 20 undergraduate campuses, approximately 4,100 first-year students receive a University scholarship.
- Thirty-eight percent of first-year scholarship recipients are at University Park; the remaining 62 percent at Penn State campuses.
- Both Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents receive equal consideration for scholarships.
- Typical Penn State scholarship award values are $1,500 to $3,000 per academic year (fall & spring).
- Approximately one in five first-year students receives an outside scholarship.
Scholarships at a glance
The Provost’s Award program was launched in 2012 to promote student success and make a Penn State education more affordable for students offered admission to our 20 undergraduate campuses. Awards are issued at the time of admission and renewed in the subsequent years based on the student’s academic achievement.
There is no application process for the Provost’s Award. All domestic first-year students that receive an offer of admission to University Park and all Commonwealth Campuses will be considered. The Provost’s Award is competitive and granted to less than 15% of the incoming first-year class. Students with strong diverse backgrounds and/or experiences are selected based on a multitude of factors, and qualifying students are notified by mail.
The Provost’s Award has no impact on a student’s eligibility for other financial aid opportunities at Penn State.