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 2024-25 FAFSA will be available sometime in December 2023, and we encourage all students new to Penn State to log into this application on or after January 1, 2024, and complete and submit the application by February 15, 2024, to ensure maximum consideration for all types of aid.

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 Penn State Discover Award.

Penn State Discover Award

The Penn State Discover Award is annually awarded to first-time, first-year domestic students who enroll at a Penn State campus other than Penn State University Park or Penn State World Campus for both the fall and spring semester immediately following their high school graduation. Undergraduate Transfer students who have attempted a minimum of 18 credits after high-school and enroll in a degree program that can be completed at a Penn State campus other than Penn State University Park or Penn State World campus are also eligible to receive a Penn State Discover Award. 

Learn more about the Penn State Discover Award!

Penn State Discover Award Questions?

If you have more questions regarding the Penn State Discover 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 Penn State World Campus. Both Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents are considered for this award.

Learn more about the Provost Award!