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Camp Scholarships & Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Science-U Camps

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.

  • Financial aid for Science-U camps is awarded based on available funds and the total number of applications.
  • Scholarships for Science-U are merit-based and require applications by students as well as teacher recommendations.
  • An Early Bird Discount of $30 is given for most camps when registration occurs prior to March 20.

Financial Aid

Financial aid awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis after registration. Our financial aid committee will meet regularly to make awards and will continue 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. Extended Care options cannot be covered with financial aid. 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 8, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., go to and click on the “Register Now” icon.  
  2. Register your child online for his/her chosen camp and answer "yes" to the registration question Would you like to apply for financial aid? 
  3. Upon checkout, select the following option: No payment now - financial aid or scholarship
  4. Once your registration for a camp is complete, an email will be sent to you with an electronic* financial aid application. The application will request the following information and needs to be completed WITHIN TWO BUSINESS WEEKS:
    • Total household annual income before taxes
    • Total number of family members in household
    • Whether the child qualifies for free or reduced school lunches
    • Any additional circumstances you wish to be considered (such as medical expenses, job loss, etc.)
    • Optional: Parents may attach a drawing or essay from the child explaining why they want to attend a Penn State Science-U camp. 
    • Note: We are not collecting tax returns or paycheck stubs, so parents/guardians are expected to supply information that is true and accurate.

*We can mail you a paper copy of the application upon request. 


For the 2022 Science-U camps, we have one scholarship available for the high school camp, Make It Matter.  Please click The Make It Matter Scholarship link for more information.

For 2022, any remaining 2020 scholarships from the AAUW-State College Branch will be honored. Eligible recipients from 2020 will be contacted prior to Science-U registration.