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Scholarships—Ensuring Student Opportunity

I always dreamed of attending Penn State, but I faced big financial hurdles in paying for my education. The scholarships I have received allow me to work fewer part-time jobs, providing the opportunity to earn an excellent education and remain actively involved in campus life. Thanks to private support, I have been able to take part in campus activities that have expanded my understanding of the world and of my own capabilities.
Shelbie McCurdy (shown left) was awarded with the Sam Zabec Trustee and Penn State Greater Allegheny Blue and White scholarships.

Scholarships are the University’s top priority in this campaign

Nothing else we do to improve the quality of a Penn State education will matter if students and families can’t afford the opportunities we offer. Every year, we lose talented, dedicated students because of the cost of a Penn State degree. Many undergraduates work multiple jobs while carrying a full course load, yet students are graduating with an average personal debt of more than $35,000. These financial realities restrict the dreams of far too many students and families. With the help of our alumni and friends, we can ensure that our opportunities remain accessible for students whose means may be limited but whose ability and ambition are limitless.

There are several ways to provide this opportunity to both undergraduate and graduate students at Penn State.

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