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Outside Scholarships

You may be eligible for outside scholarships from businesses or organizations in your local community with which you have affiliations.

Community Resources

  • Your local chamber of commerce
  • Your high school
  • Your parents' employers (dependent students only)
  • Your employer
  • Private foundations
  • Religious organizations
  • Professional associations

In most cases the awarding agency is responsible for selecting the recipient and determining the value of the scholarship.

Internet Searches

Start Early. Don't Pay!

Start early. Most scholarships are awarded six months to one year prior to the start of the semester or academic year of the award.

Don't pay. Penn State does not endorse any scholarship search engine that charges a fee. You should never have to pay for a scholarship search.

The Office of Student Aid recommends the following FREE scholarship search engines:

Notify Penn State of Your Award

If you receive scholarships or educational funds from private organizations, notify Student Financial Services.

The funds will be credited to your student account and applied toward your direct charges first. Any excess funds will be refunded to you.

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