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The Arts and Architecture Alumni Society Scholarship

Alumni Society Scholarship Information For Students

Who's Eligible?

If you are an undergraduate student with an anticipated graduation date of December 2017, May 2018 or August 2018 with a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA, and some amount of leadership or service in at least one of the following areas, you are eligible to apply:

  • Participation in extracurricular activities, such as clubs or student government
  • Maintaining an employment schedule (work study or off-campus)
  • Community service, or service to the academic department, school, or college.

How much is the scholarship and when is the money distributed?

The scholarships are $1,000. Up to seven will be awarded across the college. One half will be distributed in Fall 2017 and the other half in Spring 2018.

How and when do I apply?

Applications for 2017-2018 are being accepted now through February 24, 2017. A PDF version of the application is available by clicking this link. Pre-printed applications are available in the Office of Alumni Relations, 107 Borland Building, or in departmental offices in the College of Arts and Architecture. Questions may be directed to Joyce Hoffman in the Office of Alumni Relations. It is recommended that applicants use Adobe Reader to complete the application. The completed form should be saved to your desktop, then submit your form and a one-page supporting statement here. Forms and statements may also be delivered to 107 Borland Building. No other materials, like resumes, will be accepted--only the form and your one-page statement.

How will I know if I win?
 
If selected, you will be notified by email by the Office of Alumni Relations. Those not selected will be informed as well. Winners will be asked to attend the College of Arts and Architecture Spring Awards Ceremony to be formally recognized. The date for the 2017 ceremony is Friday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I.
 

Scholarship History

The Alumni Society scholarship was established in 1998 with the financial support of members and friends of the College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Society, to recognize undergraduate students maintaining a high level of academic achievement while exhibiting outstanding leadership or service. These founding alumni and existing members of the Alumni Society believe that Penn State's strength lies in its outstanding student body. It is their goal to use these awards to recognize student achievement and potential.

  • Participation in extracurricular activities, such as clubs or student government
  • Maintaining an employment schedule (work study or off-campus)
  • Community service, or service to the academic department, school, or college.

Click here to view the recipients from past years.

For Alumni

With generous donations from alumni and friends of the College, the Alumni Society Board has successfully raised nearly $200,000, exceeding the initial goal of $150,000. In 2014, the Alumni Society was able to offer, for the first time, seven awards of $750 instead of two. In 2015 the amount of each award was increased to $1,000. Awards will remain at this amount until we reach our next goal, which is to have a $350,000 endowment base by the year 2019.

$1,000 is just a drop in the bucket in financing an education. You can help us get to the next level with a gift of any amount and know that you are helping the next generation of leaders in the arts and design.

How do I give?

Checks payable to Penn State can be mailed to the College of Arts and Architecture Development Office, 107 Borland Building, University Park, PA 16802. Or, online gifts may be made here.

Interested in a multi-year pledge, or a future bequest that will benefit the Alumni Society Scholarship? For more information, contact Don Lenze in the college’s Development Office: