Renaissance Fund Scholarships

The Renaissance Fund

The Renaissance Fund, created in 1969, provides scholarship support to academically talented students with the greatest financial need, regardless of academic major or other criteria. Scholarship recipients receive an annual award of $1,500 for up to four years if they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. In academic year 2014–2015, 475 undergraduates received more than $687,000 in support from Renaissance Fund scholarships.

Make a Difference—Support the Renaissance Fund

Gifts of any amount are pooled into the general Renaissance Fund endowment to provide scholarships. A contribution of $1,500 can support a Renaissance Fund Scholar for one year, while $30,000 can endow a named scholarship, providing support in perpetuity. Donors may establish Renaissance Fund Scholarships as University-wide or for a particular campus. Every gift, regardless of amount, aids these talented Renaissance Fund Scholars who will become tomorrow's leaders in the sciences, business and industry, government, and the humanities.

The Rodney P. Kirsch Renaissance Scholarship

As Penn State’s Renaissance Fund celebrates its 40th year of honoring local leaders and helping students in need, its board of directors has selected Rodney P. Kirsch, the University’s senior vice president for development and alumni relations, as its 2016 honoree. Kirsch will be concluding his service to Penn State in August after twenty years in his role, and the award recognizes his achievements in creating a culture of giving back among Penn State’s graduates and in the State College community.

Support the Rodney P. Kirsch Renaissance Fund

View the list of Renaissance Fund Honorees.

View the list of current Renaissance Fund Board Members.