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Science-U strives to make our unique summer science camps affordable and accessible! Thanks to our partnerships with faculty, corporations, and organizations, we offer financial aid to families in need and award merit-based STEM scholarships to youth.

Information for 2020 Scholarships will be available in November 2019

Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities:

Financial aid for Science-U camps is awarded based on available funds and the total number of applications. Awards will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Our financial aid committee begins to meet regularly in mid-late February to make awards and continues to make awards until funds are exhausted.  Because of limited funds, a child can receive financial aid for only one camp each summer.  However, more than one child in a family may receive a financial aid award each summer.

 

If you are applying for financial aid, you are not required to submit payment at the time of registration.   The application process is as follows:

 

  1. Once registration opens on February 5th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., go to www.sciencecamps.psu.edu and click on the “Register Now” icon on the left side of the page.  Register your child on-line for his/her chosen camps and select the “Check” option during checkout. Camp spots fill quickly so plan to register as early as possible!
  2. Answer the five questions that appear on the registration form once the “Financial Aid” option is selected: (1) total household annual income, (2) total number of family members in household, (3) whether the child qualifies for free or reduced school lunches (4) the amount of financial support received by each child, and (5) an electronic signature. (Note: Since we are not collecting tax returns or paycheck stubs, you will be held under penalty of law to supply information that is true and accurate.) 
  3. Submit the following WITHIN TWO BUSINESS WEEKS of your registration date:

 

  • A supporting letter from the parent/guardian that describes how attending the camp will enhance their child’s summer experience
  • A 100-word handwritten essay, by each child applying, on this topic: "Why I want to go to a Penn State Science camp this summer." No typed or computer-produced essays will be accepted. If your child(ren) is/are too young to write an essay, words and/or drawings will be acceptable. Each child's essay must be mailed or faxed to the Science-U Office

Mail, email or fax letters to:

Science - U Financial Aid
201 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802        
Fax: 814-865-0096
E-mail:  sciencecamps@science.psu.edu

*NOTE - One of the criteria we consider when distributing financial aid is the total number of camps a family is registered for and would be paying for before financial aid. If a family registers for a certain number of camps, receives financial aid, and then cancels from several camps, their total financial aid amount may be reduced since their overall financial burden is reduced as well.

Scholarship awards pay the camp fee for each recipient to attend a Science-U day camp of her choice! Applications and STEM Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Forms are due on Jan 10th, 2019!

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Who is eligible:

Girls entering 6th through 12th grade in Fall 2019 who reside in or attend a school district within Centre County, including the State College, Bellefonte, Bald Eagle, Penns Valley, and Philipsburg-Osceola area school districts.
 

Selection Criteria:

  • Sincere interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (STEM)
  • Demonstration of a positive attitude and strength of character
  • Academic achievement and motivation to learn
     

Deadline:

  • All materials are due by January 10, 2019.
  • Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the AAUW State College Branch STEM Committee.
  • Applicants will be notified by January 25, 2019, which is before Science-U registration opens on February 5th, 2019 at 10:00a.m.
     

Instructions for Applicants:

1. Complete the Application Form (fillable PDF format), which includes a one-page essay, and submit as described below by January 10th, 2019. The one-page essay (approx. 300 words) must answer the following questions:

  • What area of science interests you the most and why?
  • Which Science-U camp did you choose and how do you think attending this camp will benefit you?
  • If selected, how will you use this experience to encourage others to be interested in STEM?

2. Ask a teacher from a previous or current science, mathematics, engineering, or technology class OR a STEM Mentor (an adult who has supervised or mentored you in any STEM activity, e.g., coach of your robotics team or supervisor of a science club) to complete the STEM Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Form (fillable PDF Format).  (Remind them to submit before the January 10th, 2019 deadline!)
 

3. Submit your Application Form and essay in one of the following ways:

  • Mail:

Science-U Summer Camp Program

AAUW State College Branch STEM Scholarship Committee

201 Ritenour Building

University Park, PA 16802

 

  • Email: 

sciencecamps@science.psu.edu

  • Fax: 

814-865-0096

For paper registration forms, questions, or more info, contact the Science-U office at (814) 865-0083 or email sciencecamps@science.psu.edu

In partnership with Science-U, Penn State’s Center for Nanoscale Science has created a scholarship opportunity for motivated high school students from diverse backgrounds to attend Science Leadership Camp. Applications are due January 10th, 2019!

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Selection Criteria:

  • Sincere interest in learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (STEM)
  • Demonstration of leadership potential, a positive attitude, and strength of character
  • Academic achievement and motivation to learn
  • Entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2019
 

This scholarship program seeks to attract diverse individuals.  Applicants from populations that are underrepresented and/or underserved in STEM are encouraged to apply.

Deadline:

 

  • All materials are due by January 10, 2019.
  • Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Science Leadership Scholarship Committee.
  • Applicants will be notified by January 25, 2019, which is before Science-U registration opens on February 5th, 2019 at 10:00a.m.
     

Instructions for Applicants:

 

1. Complete the Application Form (fillable PDF Format), which includes a 1-2 page essay, and submit as described below by January 10th, 2019. The 1-2 page essay must answer the following questions:

  • What areas of science interest you the most and why?
  • Why are you motivated to become a leader in science?
  • How will you attendance at Science Leadership Camp benefit you and your community?

2. Ask a teacher from a previous or current science, mathematics, engineering, or technology class OR a STEM Mentor (adult who you have worked with in a STEM club or activity, excludes family members) to complete the STEM Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Form (fillable PDF Format).  (Remind them to submit before the January 10th, 2019 deadline!)
 

3. Submit your Application Form and essay in one of the following ways:

  • Mail:

Science-U Summer Camp Program

Science Leadership Camp Scholarship Committee

201 Ritenour Building

University Park, PA 16802

 

  • Email: 

sciencecamps@science.psu.edu

  • Fax: 

814-865-0096

 

For paper registration forms, questions, or more info, contact the Science-U office at (814) 865-0083 or email sciencecamps@science.psu.edu

 

Camp Description

July 21-26      9:00am – 5:00pm       Grades 10-12

 Do you think the world needs more leaders in science? The Science Leadership Camp is designed to prepare participants to successfully build futures that combine science with their desire to make a difference. During this experience, campers will be challenged to think about issues in their communities and articulate a vision for how they can make a difference with their leadership and scientific abilities. They will also learn from the leadership experiences of Penn State science students and faculty, explore cutting-edge scientific research, and engage in activities that will challenge them to think innovatively and creatively. Come join us at University Park for an experience you can take with you through high school, college, and beyond! (Note: The first full day of camp is Monday, July 22nd, but all campers will check in for an opening ceremony the evening of Sunday, July 21st. Please also note that the camp includes a moderately strenuous hiking experience and a canoe experience at Bald Eagle Creek or Black Moshannon State Park.)

 

*High school camps that have residential spots may have evening activities scheduled that are open to and recommended for all campers! These evening activities will be communicated to registered campers as soon as possible and flexible arrangements can be made for day campers if they are unable to stay for evening activities.

Most camps are discounted by $30 if registration is completed before March 19th.