Scholarships can make a sizeable impact on your college investment and your future. The more you can save today, the better shape you’ll be in tomorrow. And unlike educational loans, scholarships don’t need to be repaid.
Complete Your FAFSA
Since many scholarships are awarded based on financial need, it’s a good idea to get your FAFSA in as early as possible each year.
Types of Scholarships
Penn College offers 300+ scholarship opportunities. Eligibility requirements vary and are typically related to academics and other achievements. But don’t stop there. Explore the lengthy list of external scholarships, too. It’s smart to research all possible options and pursue awards that tap into your strengths.
Penn College Scholarships
Submit one application by March 1 and you’ll be considered for all eligible Penn College scholarships. If you receive an award, the College will notify you via your Penn College email as soon as possible following your selection, usually before the semester starts. The Penn College Scholarship application must be completed once each academic year.
Penn College Scholarship Application Timeline
- December 1 – Penn College begins accepting applications.
- March 1 – Priority Submission Deadline
- Early March – Penn College begins awarding scholarships.
- October 1 – Deadline for spring semester scholarship awards.
Most Penn College scholarships require you to be enrolled as a full-time student, but a few allow for part-time status. If you are awarded a renewable Penn College scholarship, you’ll be the first student considered for that scholarship the following year as long as you still meet the eligibility criteria. Just make sure to submit your scholarship application each year and meet that scholarship's criteria, which typically includes maintaining a minimum 2.50 GPA.
While there are endless award opportunities, Penn College maintains a list of external scholarships to get you started with your search. Each of these is a little different with separate applications, procedures, requirements, and deadlines.
It’s smart to seek scholarships beyond these. Ask your network of high school counselors, bank trust officers, libraries, places of worship, employers, and social-civic organizations for ideas. Below are two recommended search engines to explore as well.
As you search, we recommend you:
- Read privacy policies for external scholarships carefully before providing your address, email, or other personal information.
- Do not pay to use a scholarship search organization. In most cases, they are not worth the money.
- Avoid offers to consider you for a scholarship in exchange for an application fee. They could come by email, letter, or phone and are likely scams. If you are unsure, contact the Financial Aid Office to have it verified.
Scholarship Award Credit
If you receive a scholarship award and haven’t confirmed your intent to enroll, you can view your award in your applicant dashboard. After you’ve confirmed your intent to enroll, your scholarship awards are credited on your student eBill/tuition bill and reflected on your 'Financial Aid Award Summary' page on the Student Information System (SIS). Some are funded by external sources and may not arrive until after the due date of your student eBill. In this case, you will need to arrange to pay your student eBill before those funds arrive.
Special Population Scholarships
- Career & Technical Education Student Scholarship
- Lenfest Scholars Program
- Penn College Pre-College Program/Summer Camp Graduates
- Penn College Youth Leadership Program Completion
- Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) Scholarship Confirmation
- Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Student Scholarship
- SkillsUSA Scholarship Confirmation
- STEM Scholars
- YES Certificate Program Scholarship