Scholarships

Scholarships are grants or payments made to support your education, and are typically awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement. Scholarships do not have to be repaid. Award timeline for scholarships

Many scholarships have financial need criteria, and we recommend that you submit your complete FAFSA as early as possible each year. In addition, you must have a Financial Aid Application (FAA) on file with the Financial Aid Office for the academic year in which you are applying for scholarships.

Scholarship monies are applied toward your student bill, and are reflected on your View Financial Aid Information screen on the Student Information System (SIS). Be aware that some scholarships funded by external sources may not arrive until after the due date of your student bill; you may need to make arrangements to have your student bill paid until that money is received.

Penn College Scholarships

Penn College provides more than 200 scholarships. Submit the Penn College Scholarship Application once per academic year, as early as possible. The application will match you with as many of Penn College's scholarships as you are eligible for. If you are awarded a Penn College scholarship, the College will notify you via e-mail as soon as possible following your selection, typically prior to the beginning of the semester.

Penn College scholarship application timeline:

December 16 – The Penn College scholarship application system begins accepting applications.

Early March – Penn College begins awarding scholarships.

October 1 – Deadline for upcoming spring semester scholarship awards.

Most Penn College scholarships require that you be enrolled as a full-time student, though a few allow for part-time status.

If you receive a Penn College scholarship, and that scholarship is renewable, you will be the first student considered for that scholarship the following year, as long as you submit your scholarship application each year and continue to meet that scholarship's criteria, which typically includes a requirement that you maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

External Scholarships

Penn College maintains a list of external scholarships offered by benefactors not associated with Penn College. Each of these scholarships is unique, with separate application forms, procedures, requirements, and deadlines. This is not a comprehensive list; you are encouraged to seek out other sources of scholarship funding or information, such as guidance counselors, bank trust officers, libraries, places of worship, employers, and social-civic organizations. Apply early; deadlines vary.

Many regional and national scholarships, in addition to the external scholarships listed by Penn College, are available. You can conduct your own search for scholarships through a number of search engines. Penn College recommends these scholarship search engines:

Be aware:

  • Read privacy policies for external scholarships carefully before providing your address, e-mail, or other personal information.
  • Do not pay to use a scholarship search organization; in most cases, these offers are not worth the money.
  • Offers to consider you for a scholarship in exchange for an application fee – by e-mail, letter, or phone – are likely scams. If you are unsure, contact the Financial Aid Office to have it verified.

Say thank you.

We encourage you to write a note or letter to thank the donor or donor representative for your scholarship. It's a nice gesture that lets donors know you appreciate their gift of scholarship.