Penn State Scholarships and Awards

Learn about the opportunities for scholarships and awards from across the University and at our campuses.

General Scholarship Information

Scholarships and awards are a form of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Penn State offers several sources for possible scholarships 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. Regardless of whether a student thinks he or she will be awarded aid, Penn State recommends that every student submit a FAFSA to be eligible for all aid consideration.

The Office of Student Aid is just one unit that offers scholarships and awards at Penn State. Additionally, scholarships and awards can be offered from academic colleges, campuses, and other administrative units, some of which will require separate applications.

The Office of Student Aid outlines
scholarship and awards requirements:

The Office of Student Aid provides an overview of available scholarships and award requirements.

Scholarship Requirements


University-Wide Awards

In addition to the scholarships and awards outlined on the Office of Student Aid website, Penn State offers awards to incoming first-year and transfer students. Most of that scholarship funding is awarded to students through Provost’s Awards and the Discover Penn State Awards.

Discover Penn State Award

This four-year award is available to first-year and transfer students who are residents of Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, and who enroll at one of Penn State’s 19 Commonwealth Campuses (a campus other than the University Park campus and the World Campus).
Learn more about the Discover Penn State Award!

Discover Award Questions?

If you have more questions regarding the Discover Penn State Award, please contact the campus to which you have been admitted or your campus of interest. View the full campus list.

Provost’s Award

This four-year award is available to first-year students at Penn State’s 20 undergraduate campuses, excluding World Campus. Both Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents are considered for this award.
Learn more about the Provost Award!


Penn State Scholarship Facts

  • Both Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents receive equal consideration for scholarships and awards.
  • Penn State scholarships and awards comprise 9% of the available funding for undergraduate students.
  • Approximately 6,700 first-year students receive a University scholarship (all campuses).
  • 35% of first-year scholarship/award recipients are at University Park; the remaining 65% at Penn State campuses.
  • Typical Penn State scholarships/awards are between $1,500 to $7,000 per academic year.
  • Approximately 15% of first-year students receive private scholarship support.