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Undergraduate Student Support

As public support dwindles and the costs of higher education rise, few forms of philanthropy have as great an impact on Penn State as direct support of undergraduate students. You can leverage your support for undergraduate students in two ways: endowments and awards.

Endowments exist in perpetuity: These extraordinary gifts are carefully managed by Penn State to provide permanent, ongoing support for our students and programs. Minimum endowment levels guarantee that sufficient income will be available to fulfill the intentions of the endowment. Awards provide vital student support at any giving level.

Undergraduate scholarships like the Trustee Matching Scholarship Program and the Renaissance Scholarship are among the most popular and versatile forms of undergraduate support and can be tailored to the interests of individual donors. Many other scholarship opportunities also exist. These scholarships:

  • lessen student loan debt, particularly for low-income students.
  • reward academic achievement.
  • help the University recruit the nation's top high-school students.
  • enable students to seize unique educational opportunities, such as international study.
Donors can also create permanent support for undergraduate research, through which our students gain valuable real-world experience by applying their newfound knowledge outside the classroom.

Read more about how your support can have an impact on Penn State students.