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Information on college, University, and study abroad scholarships, along with resources for financial aid.

Penn State Science Scholarships

  • 181 undergraduate scholarship sources (undergraduate scholarships & awards, honors scholarships, and trustee scholarships)
  • 388 undergraduate students have received a scholarship from one of these sources.

Thanks to the generosity of friends and alumni, the college has over $1.5M in scholarships and awards to support and recognize our undergraduates.

All undergraduates are considered for college awards based on the individual eligibility criteria for each scholarship. Students who wish to be considered for college awards should complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms annually.

In addition to the below college scholarships, each department has scholarships and awards available for students in their majors. All juniors and seniors are typically eligible for consideration for these awards.

Eligibility for student aid funds are reviewed every semester. In many cases, it is possible for students to receive multiple awards.

Students receiving a scholarship are encouraged to write a thank you letter to donors for their support.

College Scholarships

  • Braddock Scholarship

Outstanding high school students who have applied to the Schreyer Honors College are eligible for the Braddock Scholarship, an annual award for students studying Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Physics, or Premedicine at Penn State. No additional application is required.

  • McKinstry Scholarship

    Outstanding female undergraduate students enrolled in (or planning to enroll in) the Biology or Premedicine majors in the Eberly College of Science, who have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and who are permanent residents of Pennsylvania, are eligible for this scholarship. No application is required.

Outstanding 2+2 math and science students who begin their Penn State degrees at one of the Commonwealth Campuses and transition to University Park in their junior year to complete a degree in the Eberly College of Science are invited to apply for the Science Dean's Scholarship.

  • Trustee Merit Awards

Outstanding full-time students are considered for a Trustee Merit Award. Award amounts and eligibility for trustee scholarships vary. No application is required.

University Scholarship Programs

High school seniors who are committed both to pursuing a doctoral degree in science or engineering and increasing the diversity of researchers in science and engineering are invited to apply for the highly selective Millennium Scholars program.

High school seniors who are committed to achieving academic excellence, building a global perspective, and engaging in civic leadership are invited to apply to the Schreyer Honors College.

High school seniors and full-time college students from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have demonstrated academic potential are eligible for the Bunton Waller Fellows program. No application is required.

Education Abroad Scholarships/Grants

Full-time, undergraduate Eberly College of Science students enrolled in a semester, summer, or academic year study abroad program through Penn State's Education Abroad Office or a short-term, faculty-led program are invited to apply year round for a grant to support their educational international experience.

Penn State undergraduate students are invited to learn more about education abroad scholarships through the Education Abroad Office website. Scholarship award criteria varies.

Financial Assistance and Resources

Learn about loansgrantsscholarships, and work-study opportunities.

Learn how to apply to competitive national and international fellowships.

Learn how to effectively manage your financial resources throughout your college career and your life.

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