Thanks to the contributions of individuals and foundations, the College of Communications continues to award a record amount of scholarship support to communications students each year. Most scholarships are awarded by a scholarship committee in May to apply toward the following year's expenses.
Students at the University Park campus interested in applying for scholarships must complete the online application.
Students at non-University Park locations may check with the Office of Student Aid or officials at their respective campus about scholarship opportunities.
Forms to File
The College of Communications Scholarship Application Form
Required to be considered for any scholarship from the College.
Deadline: The application is available from Jan. 1 to April 15 and must be submitted by April 15, 2013, for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Free Application for Federal and State Aid (FAFSA)
Required for scholarships that stipulate financial need. In order to establish and document your financial need, you must complete this form in accordance with instructions from the Office of Student Aid. This form is required for any scholarship awarded for "demonstrated financial need," and more than 95 percent of College of Communications scholarships require that proof. If you have questions about the FAFSA form, please contact the Office of Student Aid by phone (814-865-6301).
Deadline: This financial statement should be filed as soon as possible after Jan. 1 and no later than April 15.
PLEASE BE SURE TO SUBMIT EACH FORM TO THE APPROPRIATE OFFICE ON OR BEFORE THE INDICATED DEADLINES.
Recipient selection is based on the pre-set criteria established for each scholarship. While on scholarship, students must continue to meet the eligibility requirements:
- Declare a major in the College of Communications at University Park
- Complete a full-time course load (12 or more credits per semester with a requirement of 30 credits per year)
- Maintain a respectful cumulative GPA
- Attend scholarship recognition events as requested
After the start of classes in Fall 2013, scholarship monies will be awarded to your student account in the Office of the University Bursar and disbursed as stipulated by the scholarship guidelines. However, monies will not be released from your Bursar account until we receive a thank-you letter to your scholarship donor, per the instructions in your notification letter.
All scholarships require an orignial, signed thank-you letter. No emailed, faxed or scanned letters will be accepted.
Scholarships are not automatically renewable and a new scholarship application should be filed each year.
Scholarship awarding is an ongoing process; however, the majority of the awarding is completed in June before the upcoming academic year. You will be notified by an email to your Penn State address. ONLY RECIPIENTS ARE NOTIFIED. If you do not receive a scholarship in the first round, your application will be kept on file for the academic year and will be reconsidered if additional funds become available.
Other Scholarship Sources
Page last updated: January 30, 2013